EARTH Hour this Saturday night is going online to encourage social distancing and to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Locals are being urged to celebrate Earth Hour this Saturday, March 28, at 8.30pm by spending time at home.
The Australian-born initiative is one of the largest global environmental movements, with people coming together for one hour to switch off lights in a symbolic call to action on climate change.
Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser said the event was an opportunity to support an important cause and feel part of the global community during a difficult time.
"Whilst the community may not be able to get together in person, residents in Lake Macquarie can go online and interact with other residents who want to foster a brighter future," Cr Fraser said.
"Now is not the time to stop working together. We must respond creatively and adapt."
Council is encouraging residents to sign up to Earth Hour Live at earthhour.org.au to spend their hour of darkness enjoying live entertainment.
Earth Hour Live is a live streaming session of Aussie artists and comedians including Jack River, Polish Club, Bobby Alu, Ella Haber, Dulcie and Alice Skye.
The event can be followed on social media by tracking the hashtag #EarthHourLive.
Launching in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour became a global phenomenon with up to 100 million people worldwide switching off their lights and appliances for one hour annually to reduce global emissions and promote sustainable practices.
"Earth Hour is an important event to remind people about how their daily habits can affect the larger world," Cr Fraser said.