Climate change

Shoot out the lights

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 March, 2009, 12:00am

WWF's Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative, in which people pledge to turn off their non-essential electricity for one hour. This year at least 1,672 cities have agreed to participate, including, for the first time, Hong Kong. Log on to for more information.

Earth Hour may fall on a Saturday night (tomorrow) but for schools that's no excuse not to participate. Here's what some schools are doing today to support Earth Hour.

1. Canadian

International School

lights out between 10.55am and 1.15pm

turn off all non-essential electricity, including computers

dress down day for lack of air-conditioning

2. Beacon Hill School

only reusable snack and food containers allowed

no lifts or photocopying for staff

Earth Hour video to be shown in the morning

3. Sha Tin College

turn off all non-essential electricity every day this week, between 1am and noon.

4. South Island School

a group of Year 12 students have set up an Earth Hour info booth and put posters up

Earth Hour video to be shown

5. The Peak School

each class has committed to turning off electricity for a minimum of one hour

one of the Year Four students has created a PowerPoint project on Earth Hour that he will present in classrooms

6. Bradbury School

lights off today between 1.20pm and 2.20pm

the school's Green Team has been talking to classes about Earth Hour and has given suggestions as to what classes could do during this hour (for example, reading, playing games, continuing with normal class activities, playing outdoor games and working outside, among other suggestions)

students have written a message that will go in the school newsletter this week and one student has written a poem about our responsibilities towards the Earth, which will also go in the newsletter

7. Renaissance College

holding a two-day No Resources Day, during which the school will only use what it absolutely has to

lights go off for an hour, and the school will minimise electricity use