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Brighton, Bright-off for Earth Hour

 

I was lucky enough to grow up in the Somerset countryside, when having fun meant getting dirty and wet and exploring nature. My love of nature and the importance of our coexistence has stayed with me. That is why I’m a member of WWF and Greenpeace and actively support their work on our behalf.

Without such organisations, there would be far more environmental damage caused and less environmental information being passed on to the masses.

Darren Currell © Tristan Fewings / WWF-UKDarren Currell (right) © Tristan Fewings / WWF-UK

I first heard of Earth Hour six years ago and it was love at first sight. I thought it was amazing how such a simple, powerful and inclusive idea would make people more aware of their actions and then develop into getting people to make changes in their own lives for the protection of our planet.

I was lucky enough to have just started working for Brighton & Hove Healthwalk scheme at that time and had the idea of a Seafront Torchlit Walk for Earth hour. 2009 saw about 45 people come but since then we’ve reached figures of over 300.

This year Brighton & Hove Healthwalks will be joining more than 10 million people around the world in celebrating Earth Hour on 29 March, 8:30pm.

We are coordinating a range of activities to mark the occasion, culminating in a torch lit seafront walk. From 8pm individuals can gather at The Bandstand add their “commitment to change” pledge to the commitment tree and make a promise to make a difference to improve the environment.

The walk along the seafront will begin at 8.30pm as lights around the city – including the Brighton Wheel and the Palace Pier – go out. Anyone wanting to take part, find out more and register via www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/earthhour. The Maracatu Samba band will be setting the pace for the walk as well as providing music and dance at the Brighton Wheel.

Bandstand Earth Hour Brighton © Tristan Fewings / WWF-UKBandstand Earth Hour Brighton © Tristan Fewings / WWF-UK

In this day and age where everyone is feeling the effects of climate change, I find that it is still surprisingly difficult to get people to connect their everyday actions to what is going on globally and locally and to get local councils and governments to act. It is important that people reconnect with their environment and nature. Once they do, they can help slow down climate change work together and adapt.

Street party Earth Hour Brighton © Tristan Fewings / WWF-UKStreet party Earth Hour Brighton © Tristan Fewings / WWF-UK

Earth Hour is our future.

This blog is written by Darren Currell, Healthwalks Volunteer Co-ordinator within the Sports Development Team of Brighton & Hove City Council.

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