Flick the Switches for Earth Hour

BURDEKIN residents are being encouraged to join the worldwide campaign for climate action this Saturday night (March 31) by just turning off their lights for an hour.

Earth Hour runs from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday (March 31) and residents across the world are encouraged to switch off their lights and electrical appliances for that hour to demonstrate their commitment to the environment.

Burdekin Shire Council’s Environment and Health Manager Tracy Jensen encouraged Burdekin residents to take up the challenge of turning off their lights for an hour.

“As well as turning off the lights, people are encouraged to think about what else they can do to make a difference to the environment,” Ms Jensen said.

“It might be changing over to more energy-efficient light bulbs, being more conscientious about recycling or changing over to a more water-efficient shower head.”

Ms Jensen said the council was taking part in Earth Hour by ensuring that all appliances such as computers, printers and fax machines were completely turned off, along with the non-essential lights.

“Every appliance that is turned off can make a difference as it reduces the amount of carbon emissions,” she said.

Earth Hour began as a single-city initiative – Sydney – in 2007.  Last year, people, businesses and governments in 135 countries took part in the global event to demonstrate their commitment to the planet.

For more information on Earth Hour, visit www.earthhour.org.

For more information:  Tracy Jensen  07 4783 9873 or  0410 589 152

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