Socceroos support Earth Hour

The Socceroos today pledged their support for Earth Hour by committing to a 'lights out' whilst in camp at Parramatta on Saturday night.

The Socceroos today pledged their support for Earth Hour by committing to a 'lights out' whilst in camp at Parramatta on Saturday night.

Earth Hour, an Australian-led worldwide initiative, aims to raise awareness about climate change by encouraging individuals and businesses to turn off their lights for an hour on a designated day.

This year Earth Hour is between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 28 March 2009.

"Climate change is a world-wide issue and one we all have responsibility to raise awareness around," said FFA CEO, Ben Buckley.

"We are very proud to be associated with an environmental campaign such as Earth Hour, that originated in Australia and has now grown into a global movement," he added.

In 2007, Earth Hour's first year, 2 million people switched off their lights in support of the campaign. In 2008, the number of people participating grew to a staggering 50 million worldwide.

This year Earth Hour aims to reach 1 billion people in 1,000 cities around the world.

"The Socceroos are currently preparing for their next World Cup Qualifying match against Uzbekistan in Sydney on April 1. On Saturday night they turned off their hotel lights with many millions of others to show their support for this worthwhile campaign," said Buckley.

Earth Hour is worldwide campaign that aims to educate the community about the threats of climate change, informing individuals and businesses about the difference they can make by reducing their emissions at home and in the workplace. It is an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund.

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