Get involved and be prepared for Earth Hour
Maroochy Mayor Joe Natoli is encouraging Sunshine Coast residents to get involved in Earth Hour being held this Saturday night, 31 March, between 7.30pm and 8.30pm.
He said people around the world are increasingly aware of global warming due to human activity and that everyone contributes to this warming both at home and at work.
"Every time we use electricity generated at a power station, vast quantities of carbon dioxide are forced into the atmosphere," he said.
"If all Australians could stop using non essential power for just one hour then that would be equivalent to taking 75,000 medium sized cars off the road for one whole year. Now that's something worth supporting."
He said by simply turning off the lights at home and not using any non-essential power the need to become energy efficient can be reinforced.
"Lighting generally does not use as much power as heating and cooling but the effect of removing all non essential lighting for one hour will not only reduce emissions but will remind us of the consequence of what life could be like if and when we use up all of our energy sources.
"So, do your bit for the planet and enjoy the experience and tranquillity of sitting in the dark for an hour on Saturday evening or longer if you wish, and help out the Earth Hour project. Future generations will appreciate your thoughtfulness."