Sydney Harbour Bridge joins fellow icons in switching off for Earth Hour

22 March 2013

The Sydney Harbour Bridge will join her fellow international icons the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and Tokyo Tower in switching off all non-essential lighting for Earth Hour this Saturday 23 March from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

“While many Australians look to the Sydney Harbour Bridge for light spectacles like New Years Eve and the Olympics, we’re hoping to make just as big an impact by switching off feature lighting to support Earth Hour,” said Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Asset Manager Peter Mann.

“These lights are on a timer to turn off late at night when most bridge gazers are fast asleep, but with a flick of a (big) switch, non-essential lighting can be turned off to remind people we’re all responsible for protecting our planet.

“The Anzac Bridge and sandstone bridge at Northbridge will also participate in the environmental awareness hour by switching off all non-essential lighting from 8.30 to 9.30pm on Saturday,” Mr Mann said.

RMS has been an active participant in Earth Hour since it started in Sydney in 2007 by switching off the feature lights on three of Sydney’s most beloved bridges.

A long list of the most recognisable icons across the globe including the Sydney Opera House will participate in Earth Hour 2013, the world’s largest united movement which started in Australia to raise awareness for the environment.

More than 150 countries and territories will be participating including Palestine, Tunisia, Galapagos, Suriname, French Guyana, St. Helena and Rwanda are among those joining the global movement for the first time in 2013.

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