Kids switch on for Earth Hour
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.