Earth Hour, the campaign that encouraged people to turn off their lights for an hour to raise awareness about climate change, has won a national environmental award.
The venture of conservation group WWF, Fairfax Media, publisher of the Sun-Herald, and Leo Burnett for the City of Sydney won the gold Banksia Award at a ceremony in Melbourne on 18 July 2008.
Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Environment Minister Peter Garrett were among guests at the awards, which recognise environmental excellence, sustainability and education.
About 50 million people in more than 370 cities, towns and municipalities around the world switched off their lights for one hour during Earth Hour 2008 campaign.
Earth Hour director Andy Ridley said the award was a great honour.
Dr Zhengrong Shi, founder of the China-based solar power company Suntech, won the Banksia International Award. (Source: Sun Herald 20.7.08).
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