Earth Hour gives people power
SWITCHING off the lights tomorrow evening will brighten the future for the environment.
Ecostore chief executive Malcolm Rands and his family are among hundreds of people doing their bit to take part in Earth Hour, held at 8.30pm local time in cities all over the world.
“People become overwhelmed about saving the planet. It’s too hard. If we all take small actions everyday it can make an enormous change.”
He says just turning a light off when leaving a room, doing without heated towel rails during summer, having good home insulation and drawing the curtains to retain heat will make a difference.
Mr Rands says the ethos of Earth Hour fits perfectly with Ecostore, his environmentally- friendly business Freemans Bay.
The store features eco-friendly household products and during Earth Hour, the Rands family’s six-piece ukulele band will perform by candlelight.
“In 1986, I lived on a Northland property that backed on to land owned by the Department of Conservation. The water flowing on to the land was clean and it made me think about how clean it was flowing off the land again with all the household products.
“When I found out what was in the products, I was outraged,” he says.
“Most of the chemicals in the products are absorbed through our skin. Our mouths test things and we have amazing digestive systems but our skin has no protection.”
He says staunch or-
in ganic garden farmers often do not give any thought to their household products.
“I planted a garden in mum’s backyard. As part of my research I picked up a book on organic gardening and never looked back. I thought: ‘Why would you do it any other way’?”
The 54-year-old has received two environmental awards from the Auckland Regional Council and a green ribbon from the New Zealand Environment Ministry.
Earth Hour aims to reach out to one billion people in 1000 cities, which Mr Rands says is an achievable goal.
SkyCity chief executive Nigel Morrison says Earth Hour supports a serious global cause.
“You can see the Sky Tower from just about anywhere in the Auckland area, which will be a great reminder for everyone to hopefully join in themselves.”
Eco-minded: Malcolm Rands.