Communities around the globe will celebrate Earth Hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday 25 March, as part of the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment – and Campbelltown residents are invited to take part.
Council will hold an Earth Hour event, ‘Caring for our future’, from 7pm to 9.30pm within the amphitheatre at Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Road, Campbelltown.
‘Caring for our future’ will take participants on a journey into traditional and contemporary ways of connecting with the natural environment, through hands-on and creative workshops delivered by local artists, both indigenous and non-indigenous.
Participants will then take a seat around a fire pit, under a starry sky, to experience traditional Dreamtime stories and dance performances by members of the local Aboriginal community, during Earth Hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.
Earth Hour started as a lights-off event in Sydney in 2007 to draw attention to climate change. Since then, it has grown to include more than 172 countries and over 7000 cities and towns worldwide.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, said Campbelltown’s ‘Caring for our future’ event was one of many initiatives happening around the globe, bringing communities together to celebrate a more sustainable future.
“Locals can be part of a global movement by simply ‘switching off’ at home, or by coming along to the Campbelltown Arts Centre amphitheatre for this year’s Earth Hour event,” he said.
“The free event is an opportunity to think about the environment, and what we can do to live more sustainably, and to share a unique experience with the Aboriginal descendants of those who have been living sustainably from this land for thousands of years.”
Participants are encouraged to bring along comfy pillows or mats to sit on as they grab a spot on the amphitheatre steps surrounding the fire pit.