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Saturday, 28th March, 2015

Anika Molesworth was asked to organise an Earth Hour event and has teamed up with the Palace Hotel to put it on tonight. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt Anika Molesworth was asked to organise an Earth Hour event and has teamed up with the Palace Hotel to put it on tonight. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By Emily Roberts

Anika Molesworth is passionate about the environment and has been asked to host an Earth Hour event tonight.

Earth Hour has been expanding since it was launched in Sydney in 2007.

It has become a global phenomenon with more than 35 countries and an estimated 50 to 100 million people taking part.

Last year Earth Hour was observed in about 162 countries and over 7000 cities and towns. 

The symbolic hour has grown into the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, with beyond the hour projects and initiatives happening throughout the year.

“Earth Hour also raises awareness for the issues that matter for the planet,” Anika said.

“I am studying agriculture and my area of focus is climate change, especially the impact it has on farming operations.”

Anika said she was contacted by Earth Hour and asked to facilitate an event.

“This is something I am passionate about,” she said.

Earth Hour will be held from 8.30pm - 9.30pm.

“All residents are being asked to turn off their lights for that hour or do something for the environment like planting a tree or having a candlelit dinner with your family,” Anika said.

“It’s about letting the planet take a breath. It is also a symbolic gesture to say that you acknowledge the impact that climate change has on the planet, and that you care.”

As part of this event, the Palace Hotel will be having “lights out” in the Pavilion Room tonight.

They will also be screening a documentary.

“This year’s theme is Food and Farming and the documentary will reflect the impact Climate Change has on the production of food,” Anika said.

She also said it was a little action that would create a big reaction.

“It’s something that you can do at home,” she said. “Turn off your lights or pop down to the Palace.”

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