Hamilton Island, Hamilton Island, QLD 

Calling all residents of Planet Earth… 

It’s Lights Out for the Reef 

In 2014, we’re turning Earth Hour on its axis 

Saturday 29th March, 2014 8:00 PM 

Earth Hour is the single largest mass participation event of its kind in the world. And in 2014, Earth Hour will focus attention on one of the world’s most iconic places: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is under threat from every angle; but most Australians aren’t aware that the Reef is in danger. That’s why we’re launching a special television event that will reveal the true story of what’s happening to the Great Barrier Reef due to climate change and more. The documentary will premiere during the evening of Earth Hour, Saturday 29th March. Australians of all walks of life will watch this inspiring call to action, and then turn out their lights to make a statement the whole world will see.

As always, Earth Hour only works if you’re part of it. At its heart, Earth Hour is about you and me – and the beautiful, bold idea that all of us together can inspire action to solve the climate crisis.

Here’s what will happen:

First, thousands of Australians will get together at Earth Hour gatherings like this one around the country. We’ll tune in to an hour of must-see TV, before turning out the lights to celebrate our beautiful planet and remind the world that if we do nothing, it’s lights out for the Great Barrier Reef.

The organisers of the fifty best – most original, inspiring, impressive or unique Earth Hour gatherings – will then win a ticket to Camp Earth Hour.  (More on that when you register to host.) This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you’ll visit a research station on the Great Barrier Reef, snorkel with turtles and meet the leading experts working to protect our planet from climate change.

You’ll also be given high quality training in community organising, communications and leadership from some of Australia’s best campaigners. And just when you think you can’t get any more inspired or fired up, you’ll be sent home empowered to truly be the change you want to see in the world, and lead others, starting in your own backyard.

There’s a saying in Australia that from little things, big things grow. Earth Hour started right here in Australia, with people like you doing the simple action of turning off your lights for an hour to show you care. It’s now spread to 7001 cities and 152 nations across the globe, inspiring literally billions of people.

How will you celebrate Earth Hour in 2014?

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