Earth Hour 2019

Posted in Connect on March 27, 2019.


Mayo County Council is joining the global Earth Hour movement to protect our planet and you can get involved too!

On Saturday, March 30, from 8.30pm – 9.30pm millions of people around the planet will take part in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour. By turning off non-essential lights for one hour, people can demonstrate their care and concern for the environment in a collective worldwide effort.

Mayo County Council will be powering down and we would like you to join us.

Community groups, schools individuals and businesses can participate by simply switching off lights, encouraging others to join in or by hosting a #connect2earth event such as music/stories/boardgames by candlelight, holding a Switch Off event etc.

If you are planning on taking part in Earth Hour we would love to hear from you. Contact Mayo County Council Climate Action Officer Laura Dixon at ldixon@mayococo.ie to register your event and we will help promote it and register your event on the global Earth Hour Map.

Some of the Mayo Community Groups and businesses taking part this year include Ballindine Tidy Towns, Partry Community Council, Mayo Traveller Support Group, Westport Eco-Congregation and the Leafy Greens Café.

Mayo County Council will be using Earth Hour as their launch pad for Climate Action Month. During the month of April, Mayo County Council will focus on a climate action theme every week including biodiversity, to correspond with Tree Week from March 31 to April 7, Plastic and waste as well as energy, transport, food and fashion.

The theme this year is Connect to Nature. Mayo County Council would encourage the public to spend time in nature over the weekend and to consider planting a tree or pollinating flowers to link in with National Tree week that runs from March 31st to April 6th. For more info on what is happening in Mayo see https://treecouncil.ie/mayo/

Climate Action month will finish up on Mayo day with a dedicated area for Climate Action at the #MayoDay celebrations on Saturday, May 4, in Turlough House.

For more information see: www.mayo.ie/news/aAR7q

For further media information please contact Laura Dixon, Mayo County Council ldixon@MayoCoCo.ie

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