To Earth Hour and beyond!
“Earth Hour’s a great initiative”, says the Rev. Harry Herbert, “but it’s time to stop applauding ourselves for an hour’s effort and consider what long-term actions we can take.”
The Executive Director of UnitingCare NSW.ACT, Mr Herbert said the organisation was participating again this year but was also interested in greater long-term sustainable action to combat climate change.
“Australians are now facing a more expensive cost than ever for carbon emissions — in the form of damage to our natural resources and the introduction of the Federal Government’s new carbon tax.
“Let’s actually move beyond the hour and make a serious commitment to change our habits, for ourselves and future generations.
UnitingCare NSW.ACT will be participating by switching off all unnecessary lights in its 417 offices and services to save energy and take action against climate change.
Additionally, all 7,000 staff are being asked to participate in their own households.
The organisation has already begun a move to more sustainable service delivery in areas including office stationery and building developments. Clients have also joined in with creating vegie patches and installing solar panels.
UnitingCare NSW.ACT provides community services to people throughout all stages of life from children, young people and families through to older people and people with disabilities.
As a practical arm of the Uniting Church it provides a voice for vulnerable people and is a strong social justice advocate.
Earth Hour takes place on Saturday March 26, 2011, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.
Congregations have been invited to contact UnitingCare to share their actions on the without fear or favour website. Email Ingrid Hoff to share how they’re going beyond Earth Hour.
For more information on how UnitingCare NSW.ACT is participating in the event please visit the without fear or favour website.