Residents encouraged to turn lights off for Earth Hour

BURDEKIN residents are being encouraged to join Earth Hour – the worldwide campaign for climate action – this Saturday night (March 29).

Earth Hour began as a single-city initiative – in Sydney, Australia – in 2007 and has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people from more than 7000 cities and towns in 154 countries across every continent switching off their lights for Earth Hour, creating history as the world’s greatest ever environmental action.

On the Earth Hour agenda for 2014 is highlighting the urgent need to protect the Great Barrier Reef from the impacts of climate change. By 2030, just 16 years away, the effects of climate change on the reef will be irreversible unless we act now.

Earth Hour runs from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday 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 Beth Whitworth 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,” she 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.”

Mrs Whitworth said that, in addition to other year-round activities, the council was again taking part in Earth Hour by ensuring all appliances, such as computers and printers, and non-essential lighting were completely turned off.

“Every action, no matter how small, can help to make a difference,” she said.

For more information on Earth Hour, visit earthhour.org/australia .

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