Switch off for Earth Hour, urges Barham

Byron Council is urging everyone to support Earth Hour 2009 on Saturday by switching off their lights and other energy-consuming devices between 8pm and 9pm.
 The council will be doing its bit by turning off the lights in the Mullumbimby administration building.
Mayor Cr Jan Barham said reducing greenhouse emissions was a shared responsibility and local residents could help make a difference.
“Byron Shire Council was one of the first non-metropolitan councils to support Earth Hour, and this year many more have joined in,” she said.
“Earth Hour is a great awareness-raising campaign and encourages everyone to think about lifestyle issues in relation to energy use.
“So don’t stop at just one hour. Go beyond and look at how you can make ongoing changes by becoming conscious about energy use on a daily basis.
“Small actions multiplied by committed communities equals change. In previous years many businesses also got on board with Earth Hour and many restaurants provided their services by candlelight.
“I encourage all businesses to consider what action they can take to participate in Earth Hour.”
The council’s sustainability officer, Graeme Williams, said it was within everyone’s ability to help halt and reverse climate change.
“Council has a dedicated area on its website to promote ‘Sustainable Living’ and provides information all year round to encourage individual action,” he said.
“Our Greenhouse Action Strategy is a good place to start. This document assists council and the wider Byron Shire community implement practical projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
To add your support for Earth Hour or for energy saving ideas, visit

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