Feb 20: Canberra Launch of Earth Hour

Simon Corbell, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, in partnership with The Canberra Times General Manager, Ken Nichols and ActewAGL CEO Michael Costello launched Earth Hour 2009 in Canberra.

From 8.30pm on Saturday March 28, individuals, businesses and governments from around the world will turn their lights out for one hour.

Speaking at the launch Mr Corbell encouraged residents and businesses to use the one hour event as an opportunity from which to make an ongoing commitment to the planet.

“As each of us turn off our lights and switch our appliances to standby on March 28, we can take this one hour and turn it into a lifetime habit by reducing our household energy whenever, and wherever possible.

“As a community, and as Government, we are demonstrating our leadership in tackling climate change. Through the initiative of Earth Hour and others, we are seeing concerted action taking place to help make Canberra a greener city.”

Mr Nichols said that Earth Hour is about taking simple steps everyday that collectively reduce carbon emissions.

“As individuals we may sometimes feel helpless in the face of the enormous climate change challenge we are up against. However, as we have seen in the previous two Earth Hour events, through our collective actions we can make a meaningful contribution to our environment.”

Mr Costello praised Canberrans for the support of last year’s Earth Hour effort, saying that the ACT led the nation with an outstanding 73% of the community participating in the event.

“We saw though Earth Hour last year that Canberrans are ready and willing to play their part in tackling climate change.

“The Canberra community achieved an impressive 11.4 per cent drop in electricity usage, which represents a reduction of 36 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of taking 8.4 cars off the road for an entire year.

“This year, I hope that we can exceed last year’s record and I encourage all members of the community to switch off their lights for Earth Hour and register their support at www.earthhour.org.au,”
Mr Costello said.

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