Dublin Supports Earth Hour!

12 years 7 months ago #62361 by albertw
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Great news hot off the press from Dublin City Council - see below! Labour councilors are putting the same motion to councils across the country but your support is needed! Please write or email your local councilors asking them to support the motion.

Also please note that the time of the event is from 9pm to 10pm. This is one hour later than some cities in order to ensure we have dark skies for the event. Can the astronomy club representative among you please start planning some form of public observing for the night?

Best Wises,
~Albert
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Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.ilpac.eu

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From: Cathy Flanagan
Date: 6 Feb 2008 13:07
Subject: Earth Hour campaign
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Dear Albert

Labour Party Councillors throughout the country have tabled Council motions calling for support of the Earth Hour global campaign.

On Monday evening, Dublin City Council approved the motion. A similar council motion has been included on the agenda for next week in Local Authorities such as Galway City Council,Cork City Council and Clare County Council.

I hope you will consider notify your members and including an update to those who subscribe to the yahoo group.

Given that the motion failed to secure support on Athlone town Council last Monday, we would appreciate the support of your members by asking them to contact Councillors on Galway City Council,Cork City Council and Clare County Council to urge them to support this motion.

Regards
Cathy Flanagan
Campaigns Officer

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STATEMENT BY CLLR PADDY BOURKE

Labour Lord Mayor of Dublin

Tuesday, 05 February 2008



DUBLIN TO LEAD IRISH CITIES IN EARTH HOUR 2008



The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Paddy Bourke, has welcomed the council's endorsement of his motion seeking to support Earth Hour 2008.

The motion was passed during Lord Mayor's Business at last night monthly City Council meeting.

Lord Mayor Burke said: "Earth Hour is an international campaign and Dublin is one of the latest cities to get behind this important event where on March 29th all non-essential lights will be switched off for an hour.

"This campaign is important and everyone from citizens up to Government has a duty to do what they can against global warming. It is up to us all to do what we can to reduce our CO2 emissions. Through one simple action, turning off our lights for an hour, we can deliver a powerful message about the need for action.

"I am thrilled that as Dublin Lord Mayor I will be leading our capital city in its participation in this international event. It was estimated during the Sydney Earth Hour last night demand for electricity dropped by 10 per cent. It would be fantastic if we could
do the same in Dublin.

I would urge businesses and homes to join in and take part in the campaign."

The wording of the motion passed last night and currently being tabled by other Labour Councillors throughout the country reads as follows

That this Council recognizes the need for action on global warming and the need to conserve energy, reduce carbon emissions and also the need to reduce light pollution of our night skies.

That this Council will support Earth Hour 2008 ( www.earthhour.org ) by turning off all non-essential lights controlled by the Council from 9 to 10 PM on 29 March 2008 to support a collective world-wide effort to show the difference that can be made by this initiative and to raise public awareness of the need to use less energy.

Requests that the City/County Manager/Town Clerk to take all possible steps to implement the turning off of all non essential lights in its control as part of Earth Hour 2008

Will write to the local Chamber of Commerce and business community to lend their support to this initiative.

And that the City/County Manager/Town Clerk will make a statement on the Matter

Ends

Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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12 years 7 months ago #62363 by Mike
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Hi Al
There was some information on the Earth Hour campaign in this mornings papers. This is something I am sure AI will also support fully. I did not know about the campaign until I read this mornings paper and I then decided to check here on IFAS :oops:


Clear (and dark) skies
Mike

I83 Cherryvalley Observatory

After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say; "I WANT TO SEE THE MANAGER".

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12 years 7 months ago #62364 by albertw
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Hi Al
There was some information on the Earth Hour campaign in this mornings papers. This is something I am sure AI will also support fully. I did not know about the campaign until I read this mornings paper and I then decided to check here on IFAS :oops:

Clear (and dark) skies
Mike


Yea it was in the Metro this morning. The campaign was mentioned here but we've (ILPAC and FIE) have been busy getting the relavent people behind this since before Christmas. Now things are starting to take shape.

Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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12 years 7 months ago #62367 by Seanie_Morris
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I also just received an e-mail fromCathy Flanagan about it too. With no initial contact from TAS also. Good to see an intiative like this getting itself noticed.

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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12 years 7 months ago #62374 by albertw
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Given that the motion failed to secure support on Athlone town Council last Monday, we would appreciate the support of your members by asking them to contact Councillors on Galway City Council,Cork City Council and Clare County Council to urge them to support this motion.


Apparently part of the reason that it didn't succeed in Athlone was that the councilors didn't really know what it was about. Contacting any non-labour (labour have been briefed) councilors explaining the event and asking them to support it will be helpful. Especially in Cork apparently...

Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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12 years 7 months ago #62392 by pj30something
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This is GREAT news. If it's not cloudy that night.............i may finally get to take my scope outfront and point it north, south and west.

Only observing east is OK but you have to wait a long time for all the different stars etc to rotate and pass infront of you on their way west.

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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12 years 7 months ago #62958 by albertw
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Just got confirmation that the other councils in Dublin are also supporting. South Dublin Co. Co., Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Co. and Fingal Co. Co. have all voted to support Earth Hour.

Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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12 years 7 months ago #62960 by albertw
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Dublin is also now figuring in WWF press releases: www.marketwire.com/mw/release.do?id=820022

Albert White MSc FRAS
Chairperson, International Dark Sky Association - Irish Section
www.darksky.ie/

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12 years 5 months ago #65667 by dmcdona
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Google are supporting this.

See:
www.google.ie/
www.google.ie/intl/en_ie/earthhour/


Also, there was a report on RTE 1 "World Report" this morning.

Cheers
Dave

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12 years 5 months ago #65668 by dmcdona
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Here's the link to the RTE Podcast for World Report:

www.rte.ie/news/worldreport/

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12 years 5 months ago #65684 by whyulittle
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Local radio says Tullamore are turning off all their street lights. Any plans Seanie?

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12 years 5 months ago #65685 by Seanie_Morris
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Local radio says Tullamore are turning off all their street lights. Any plans Seanie?


None that I know of! The committe hasn't planned anything, and I don't know why.

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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12 years 5 months ago #65686 by DeirdreKelleghan
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Come on IFAS clubs,if the sky is clear over your town, get out, get your scopes out and show the night sky to people. Its fun, its interesting, and tonight it's a global event. Next year it will be bigger so have a practice run this evening :D

Deirdre Kelleghan
Public Relations Officer IFAS
www.deirdrekelleghan.com/
Oscail do Shuile D'iontas na Cruinne
Open Your Eyes to the Wonder of the Universe

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12 years 5 months ago #65687 by whyulittle
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Indeed, run outside and look up at the dark raining skies. : )

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