Council event supports Earth Hour's environmental message

Date published: 21 March 2017

Townsville City Council is again encouraging residents to participate in the global phenomenon – Earth Hour - on Saturday, March 25.

Now in its 10th year, the annual World Wildlife Fund (WWF) event that draws attention to global warming, has grown to include more than 170 countries and more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide.

This year council is holding an event that combines Earth Hour with World Water Day at the Rowes Bay Sustainability Centre.

The event from 3.30-7.30pm will include a twilight wetlands tour, beach walks, displays from energy suppliers, water saving ideas, water saving technologies, a sensor display, kids’ corner, Ranger Dan, free wood-fired pizza and plant giveaways.

Community Health and Environment Committee chair Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said council was proud to be a part of this huge environmental grass roots movement.

“While Earth Hour promotes turning your lights off for one hour on Saturday, it’s also an opportunity to reflect on our environmental footprint and get ideas and information on being energy efficient and water wise,” Cr Greaney said.

“At this year’s event visitors will have a chance to speak to council and community representatives about grey water, the connection between water use and electricity and how to be more sustainable.”

Residents not able to attend can play a part by turning off their lights for one hour at 8.30pm.

The event will begin at 3.30pm at 56 Cape Pallarenda Road, Rowes Bay. Entry is free.

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