Kids switch on for Earth Hour

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

CHIL­DREN from across the re­gion painted their faces and wore green cloth­ing last Fri­day to cel­e­brate Earth Hour.

A clus­ter of schools from the Dou­glas re­gion in­clud­ing Miallo State School, Wonga Beach State School, Alexandra Bay and Port Dou­glas State School switched off their elec­tric­ity for an hour to ed­u­cate chil­dren about re­duc­ing their car­bon foot­print.

The aim was to teach stu­dents to work lo­cally and think glob­ally to re­duce their car­bon foot­print and demon­strate their aware­ness of non-re­new­able en­ergy us­age.

Wonga Beach Prin­ci­pal Michelle Davis said ev­ery evening is Earth Hour as they shut down all un­used elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances.

“We are look­ing be­yond the sym­bol­ism and gen- er­at­ing real ac­tions that we can im­ple­ment ev­ery day to re­duce our car­bon foot­print,” she said.

The stu­dents and staff of Alexandra Bay State School also have the plan to turn their elec­tric­ity off for an hour and have de­cided to con­trib­ute this time do­ing an emu hunt around the school grounds.

Other schools such as Port Dou­glas State School raised money through a free dress day of wear­ing green cloth­ing to paint a wall with a smart cli­mate theme.

School cap­tain Sean Evans was look­ing for­ward to paint­ing the wall to sym­bol­ise an aware­ness of non re­new­able en­ergy us­age.

“This will be a part of a competition that we will run in our school to de­cide the fi­nal de­signs,” he said.

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