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Lights out for Earth Hour

Saturday, 29th March, 2014

Clancy Van Aalst has got her candles ready for Earth Hour, which will be held tonight. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Clancy Van Aalst has got her candles ready for Earth Hour, which will be held tonight. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By By Erica Visser

When Clancy Van Aalst from Broken Hill was living in India last year, power outages could occur daily for up to hours at a time.

Perhaps that’s why the idea of turning out the lights tonight for Earth Hour seems the least we could do.

Since it began in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has become a worldwide movement for people to show their commitment to the planet.

This year’s focus is on the endangered Great Barrier Reef to demonstrate that it’s “lights out” for the famous landmark unless something is done.

For Clancy, Earth Hour has been a must-do for years, but she hoped that those who wouldn’t usually take part might consider joining in.

“It’s a fun thing to do. There’s nothing wrong with pulling out the board games and having a candlelit game of Monopoly with your family.”

Clancy, who recently spent several months in Rajasthan, said that participating in Earth Hour was nothing compared to what many people in India went through daily.

“Earth Hour will feel just like another power outage in India, except this time I’ve got the candles ready,” she said.

“Many people here have a sense of entitlement toward technology and the environment, and I think this event is important in making us realise how fragile these are and that we shouldn’t take it for granted.”

Clancy will be at a friend’s house tonight for a candlelit dinner.

Earth Hour begins at 8.30pm.

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