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AUSTRALIA: Turn off your lights!
You can tell that people are really thinking about the environment these days. Two separate events are being held in Australia with the goal of saving some energy by doing the simplest thing that everyone can do, turning off your lights.
Sponsored in part by the Australian Conservation Foundation and the TV morning show Sunrise, Cooltheglobe.com is asking residents and businesses and to turn off the lights that aren’t required overnight. The Lights Off Australia initiative was officially launched on the 25th of February and is asking residents to turn off one light that they would normally turn on, as well as turning off all appliances left on stand-by. “This whole campaign is about cutting down energy wastage. While we’re starting with just one day per month, we genuinely hope this event starts to change people’s habits and it becomes part of everyday life.” said Sunrise Executive Producer Adam Boland.
The second event held by the WWF Australia and the Sydney Morning Herald is asking all of Sydney to turn off their lights from 7:30p.m. on the 31st of March. The event is part of Earth Hour, a yearly series of events that aim to educate and show the country how one can, with small changes, change the world. Approximately 11,000 individuals as well as businesses and government offices have joined the effort. Out of all the events that are being held, I have to say that no one will hold a candle, literally, to the efforts of Sydneysiders Jo Elvey and Eric Hutchens, whom had scheduled to hold their wedding reception on that same day. When they were told of Earth Hour, they saw this as a great opportunity to embrace it and immediately considered how they could join this initiative. They have decided to embrace Earth Hour by lighting candles and asking the band that they had booked to play unplugged.
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