Monday, 31 March 2008 11:30 AM

Fiji Overwhelmed by Support for Earth Hour

On Saturday, Fiji joined other countries around the world for Earth Hour and was overwhelmed by the support from around the country.

Earth Hour is an international event promoted by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in which households and businesses were asked to turn off their lights and other electrical equipment and such for one hour on the 29th of March from 8pm to 9pm. Fiji was the only country from the region that was a partner in the initiative, along with Australia and New Zealand.

According to Fiji Live, 'hundreds of businesses and homes in Fiji had their power switched off for an hour' as the island nation 'led the rest of the world in observing 60 Earth Hour - an initiative to fight climate change through reduction of carbon emissions'.

'Floating candles were lit at the Suva Harbour, representing the many islands in Fiji participating in this global event. It was an exciting moment for witnesses particularly in the central business district (CBD) as lights were switched off in some of the surrounding buildings accept street and neon lights'.

Fiji Live also quotes WWF representative, Kesaia Tabunakawai, as saying, "The support tonight has been overwhelming. And next year, it will be absolutely bigger than this. It will be an even greater event as well."

Earth Hour started last year in Sydney, Australia, and 2008 saw it become a global event.

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