Lights off in Antarctica for Earth Hour

Expeditioners in standing in front of the wind turbine at Mawson
Mawson expeditioners celebrate Earth Hour (Photo: Ian Phillips)
Expeditioners around the dinner table, by candlelightCasey Station Expeditioners use candlelight in a field hut to observe Earth Hour 2009PteropodSolar panels on the roofExpeditioner standing in front of containers

24th March 2011

Australia's Antarctic stations are planning candlelit dinners this Saturday 26 March when they turn off the lights for Earth Hour. The Earth Hour initiative, which originated in Sydney in 2007, aims to raise awareness of climate change and global sustainability.

Antarctica’s fragile environment has a lot to lose when it comes to climate change and the associated threat of ocean acidification. Expeditioners at our Antarctic stations are keenly aware of the importance of decreasing their energy consumption, reducing waste and otherwise minimising their impact on the icy continent that they are temporarily calling home.

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