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    Default EARTH HOUR! Let's make it happen.

    EARTH HOUR - 7.30pm to 8.30pm - Saturday March 31, 2007


    Earth Hour is a fabulous opportunity for you and your family to do something about climate change. On one night, in one hour, more will be done, more will be demonstrated, and more will be learned than through a hundred 'talk-fests'. And you can help make it happen.

    What is Earth Hour?

    It sounds simple, but it is very, very dramatic. At
    7.30pm on March 31st 2007, we will be encouraging companies, government departments, individuals and families to turn off their lights for just one hour. If we meet our objectives during the first Earth Hour, the savings in green house gas emissions will be the equivalent of taking 75,000 medium sized cars off the road for one whole year! Now that's something worth doing.

    Why?

    The facts are alarmingly clear:

    *The climate is changing! The 10 hottest years on record have occurred since 1990. In fact 2005 was the hottest year since record keeping began. (Australian Bureau of Meteorology)
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    Almost 70% of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions come from energy production. (ABS)
    *More than 95% of the
    Great Barrier Reef will have been destroyed by 2050 if carbon dioxide emissions aren't reduced. (WWF-International)
    *One million species worldwide are facing extinction due to climate change.

    But not everybody listens to the facts. Earth Hour is your opportunity to demonstrate how a simple change in our way of life could change, and help save, our planet.

    The goals of Earth Hour:

    Households : Most of us use unnecessary electricity. Appliances on standby, old style light bulbs, lights left on when we're not using them. Earth Hour will help us all to realise just how simply we can make a dramatic impact upon global warming (and our own power bills). We will see it in action.

    Companies : We want companies to be involved. If every company in
    Australia turned off its lights when the buildings weren't in use, and combined it with energy saving technology, we would save between 2 and 4 million tonnes of greenhouse gasses every year. Earth Hour will show companies just how easy that is.

    Power Companies : We will be asking power companies to provide special deals for companies and households to switch to Green Power.

    To make it an annual event : Out of the 8,766 hours in a year, let's give one back to the earth.

    What you can do:

    Sign up to Earth Hour and Pledge to turn off your lights on March 31st from
    7.30pm to 8.30pm by logging onto www.earthhour.org .

    You will receive all the information you need to make Earth Hour a great success (and to cut your own energy bills in the long term). Pledging is free.


    Get off standby : Turn off all the electronic equipment and appliances in your home that are not being used or are on standby. Computers, televisions, stereo equipment, phone chargers, DVD or video equipment - you can find out more about this from WWF at wwf.org.au

    Tell a friend : Spread the word about earth Hour by involving your friends, family and workmates. Get them to pledge at earthhour.org and most importantly, turn off the lights at
    7.30pmSaturday 31 March 2007.

    Another thing you can do before the event is switch to Green Power: Contact your electricity provider today. If all Australians switched to Green Power the saving in CO 2 emissions would be the equivalent of what is pumped out of 40 million cars! That's like taking every car in
    Australia off the road four times over.

    Spread the word - Once you have signed up for Earth Hour tell a friend; spread the word at work; tell your boss; mention it at school, at your local sports club or society group, you can even run it past your neighbours!

    Make it an event. Get the neighbours to switch off their lights and head out into the park for the hour; take some binoculars and look at the stars; sit and talk; explore your backyard by torchlight; have fun with sparklers; or just go for a stroll. Do something non-electric as a family
    _ make some candles, read by their light; have a picnic-at-dusk; pretend you are camping; have a candlelight dinner.

    For more info on Earth Hour, check out www.earthhour.org



    EARTH HOUR. MAKE IT HAPPEN.


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    Awesome, I'll be signing up for sure.

    Am I allowed to cut and paste this to email to others?

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    I'm in it! I have already been telling everyone I know to switch off too. I only wish that shops would do this too, I know they would lose some money, but in the bigger scheme of things, they are doing soo much more.

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    I'll do it!!




    (But can someone who's not going to do it, please tape the Biggest Loser Weigh In for me, ta muchly )

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_queen View Post
    I'll do it!!




    (But can someone who's not going to do it, please tape the Biggest Loser Weigh In for me, ta muchly )

    this IS serious yanno .... This is bigger than any TV show. I know you were only making light of it, not really being serious and all, but I really want to stress to everyone how serious this all is. If we don't do something now, our grandchildren, yes it's not really that far away, will have nothing. Beautiful parts of our country will no longer exist if we continue along this distructive self centred path. It's really quite frightening and terribly sad.

    I luv u queenie, you know that, so please don't take this as an attack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salthemum2b View Post
    Awesome, I'll be signing up for sure.

    Am I allowed to cut and paste this to email to others?
    Yes, please do! It came to me in an email and I am doing everything I can to get the message out there. Check out the site when you register and there are lots of ways to add the message to things like myspace, blogs etc...

    Thank-you all so much for showing support in this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_queen View Post

    (But can someone who's not going to do it, please tape the Biggest Loser Weigh In for me, ta muchly )
    Did I miss read something or can't you watch the tv in the dark? It says turn all your lights off or is there fine print saying you have to turn off everything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chellegoth View Post
    Did I miss read something or can't you watch the tv in the dark? It says turn all your lights off or is there fine print saying you have to turn off everything?
    the point of it is to switch off everything. All at the power points, so not even stand by can be on. Stand by still uses power.... you know that little red light that is on the bottom corner of the tv... that uses power too.

    I am going to organise something with some family and friends maybe, maybe a BBQ outside, in candle light. It's still light here at 7.30 so we will not need candles till about 8-8.30 anyway.

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    I luv ya, ya big hippy I admire your passion

    I do know how serious this all is, I have this disorder where I can't be too serious about things that are really really really scary, I have to make a stupid joke so that I can stay here in denial.

    It is very serious.

    Have you seen An Inconvenient Truth? The glaciers!! Scary scary stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chellegoth View Post
    Did I miss read something or can't you watch the tv in the dark? It says turn all your lights off or is there fine print saying you have to turn off everything?
    oh i cant miss biggest loser, i will turn everything else off though, not just on the day but everyday, i want to save 10% off my electricity bill... and save the world too


 

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