Tauranga will stage a special Earth Hour celebration this year to commemorate the community’s effort to combat the Rena oil spill.
WWF New Zealand today announced Tauranga would be leading New Zealand Earth Hour from 8.30–9.30pm on March 31, six months on from the October disaster.
This is in recognition of how the community rallied together to clean up their beaches and protect wildlife in the aftermath and moths following of the event.
According to Tauranga City Council mayor Stuart Crosby, the response of the Tauranga and Bay of Plenty community demonstrated a "spirit of collective care for our planet".
Michelle Elborn, sustainability advisor for Tauranga City Council, says: “Earth Hour is about inspiring environmental action. It is therefore appropriate that our city takes a lead role this year, both acknowledging what has been achieved and motivating further future action to assist our beautiful local environment.”
Earth Hour, an annual lights-out event, is the world’s largest environmental event.