On Saturday (28 March) at 8.30pm, individuals and organisations around Australia will be turning off the lights and living by candlelight for Earth Hour.

One, the YHA, says its number one core value is ‘Environmentally Friendly’ and the organisation embraces the Australian-born initiative, Earth Hour. Events planned include rooftop BBQs with sustainable meats (such as kangaroo) at YHAs in Sydney to watch the city lights go out, and eating sustainable roasted crickets at Adelaide Central YHA. 

Manager of Sydney Harbour YHA, Ross Lardner, said: “Earth Hour is about more than turning off the lights for an hour – it’s a way to continue the conversation about conserving our resources and ensuring we have a healthy and sustainable planet for future generations.”

YHA in Australia recently reached over $150,000 in donations to their Sustainable Hostels Fund – made up of voluntary donations from guests at www.yha.com.au. Since 2010, money raised has funded a range of environmentally-friendly initiatives, including solar energy installations at YHAs in Adelaide, Alice Springs, Byron Bay, Perth and Pittwater.

In the past year, bottled water ceased to be offered for sale at key hostels, including in vending machines. Instead, chilled drinking water fountains were installed, and quality refillable water bottles offered for purchase.

All YHAs must comply with the organisation’s environmental charter for conserving resources, recycling, caring for nature and educating guests about the environment.

For more information on Earth Hour see www.earthhour.org.au