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Central Otago Earth Hour supporters are hoping to make a difference when they switch their lights off on March 30.

In commemoration of the worldwide initiative, the lights will be turned off Alexandra’s clock in the rock and Cromwell’s big fruit sculpture.

Central Otago Reap community sustainability facilitator Abi Hawkins said the move showed solidarity towards other nations that have turned lights off on their landmarks in the past, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris and Tower Bridge in London.

“If people want to be involved in a small way, they can just make sure they turn their lights off for an hour or their TV or laptop.” – Central Otago Reap community sustainability facilitator Abi Hawkins

Earth Hour, which will take place from 8.30pm (local time) around the world on Saturday, started in 2007 as a “grassroots movement” for action against climate change.

This year’s event follows the theme”connect to nature”.

“So, they really want people to think about the massive losses [within] habitats and species and .. think about how much we value nature in terms of its beauty and resources and clean air and clean water, things like that.”

Ms Hawkins said households were encouraged to turn their lights and technology off during that time.

“If people want to be involved in a small way, they can just make sure they turn their lights off for an hour or their TV or laptop.”

She said it was also great to have the support of local groups and organisations who were “buying into the idea”.

An event is being hosted from the bottom of the clock in the rock walkway at 8pm so people can watch the lights being turned off.

Participants are encouraged to wear good shoes and bring torches.

A countdown will take place, at which time the torches will be turned off.