A huge line-up of Aussie musicians and comedians will come together to present a livestream for the planet tonight, as landmarks around Australia switch off their lights for Earth Hour at 8.30pm local time.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, WWF-Australia is hosting Earth Hour differently this year, giving Australians everywhere the chance to stay connected via a digital livestream – #EarthHourLive
Australian musicians Montaigne, Cody Simpson, Jack River, Polish Club, Bobby Alu, Ella Haber, Dulcie and Alice Skye will perform as part of the livestream, hosted by journalist and broadcaster Patrick Abboud at 8.30pm AEDT.
#EarthHourLive will also feature appearances from acclaimed comedians Akmal, Georgie Carroll and The Stevenson Experience, along with footage of lights out in Sydney, special guests and giveaways.
“Staying connected as a community and looking for positive ways we can contribute is more important than ever as the world responds to the coronavirus crisis,” said WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman.
While public Earth Hour events have been cancelled to prioritise community safety during the COVID-19 outbreak, landmarks around Australia including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Luna Park, The Wheel of Brisbane, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and The Bell Tower in Perth will still be switching off their lights in a symbolic moment.
More than 100 landmarks from across the world are also preparing to switch off to show their support for Earth Hour, including the Eiffel Tower, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Tokyo Skytree, Brandenburg Gate, the Colosseum in Rome, Taipei 101, the Petronas Twin Towers, the Ali Qapu Palace, the Akropolis, Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong and many more.
“The act of switching off our lights for Earth Hour has always been a show of solidarity for stronger action on climate and a chance for millions of people worldwide to collectively raise their voice for nature,” said Mr O’Gorman.
“This year will be dramatically different as we all strive to control the spread of COVID-19. Most of us will be spending tonight at home, but we can still connect to a community of supporters around Australia and be part of a positive moment for the planet.
“We’re thrilled to have so many incredible artists, musicians and comedians helping us to bring #EarthHourLive to Australia. We hope you’ll join us tonight to connect with a community of amazing people around Australia and show your support for Earth Hour in a whole new way.”
Switch off your lights at 8.30pm tonight and log in to join the #EarthHourLive stream on YouTube
and at earthhour.org.au/earth-hour-live
To sign up to Earth Hour visit: https://www.earthhour.org.au