337 Earth Hour Global communities 2011

Who can confidently say they turned off the lights for Earth Hour? Just imagine all that power that was saved.

Earth Hour 2011: 8.30pm, Saturday 26 March. This Earth Hour, go beyond the hour with a commitment to a positive action for the planet and celebrate that commitment with the people of the world by switching off your lights for Earth Hour 2011.

From its inception as a single-city initiative – Sydney, Australia – in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into a global symbol of hope and movement for change. Earth Hour 2010 created history as the world’s largest ever voluntary action with people, businesses and governments in 128 countries across every continent coming together to celebrate a commitment to the one thing that unites us all – the planet.

In Mexico City, a candlelit event was held at the Monument to the Revolution, as the lights were switched off along with other monuments in the Mexican capital.

What did some of the other countries do to celebrate Earth Hour?


GreenHouse Games Success Stories

Success stories sent in by Mildura West students

Smart Showers

This was sent in by Georgia H of Mildura West Primary School in Week 6 of the competition:

At the ResourceSmart School Awards 2010 we got a bag which contained a shower timer. Now I’m going to use it as often as I can now and it will be easy to take shorter showers!

Power Smart

Sent in by Kyle M of Mildura West Primary School in Week 5 of the competition:

Did you know the average household uses 23KW per day if you cut out using the air con and turn appliances off at the switch for the time you’re at school or work you would be down to between 9-17 kw a day. If you get solar electricity your power bill won’t be so big and your black balloons would be a whole lot smaller.

Solar Push

 All the paper used on both sides that we have at home and get from our business gets shredded. We use it for the worm farm and the veggie garden to aerate the soil. We also use the paper as a base for a new garden or around the plants in an existing garden then put soil on top to help keep the plants moist. [The paper absorbs the water and keeps the roots of the plants moist.]

Blind Faith

This story was sent in by Kyle M of Mildura West Primary School in Week 2: In week 2 my family and I installed thick blinds. So far the blinds are wonderful and I’m always warm now. It keeps out the cold and keeps in the warm, and it can be used to keep the warm on the outside and keep the cool on the inside. I think blinds are great. Hope you install some too!


Climate Change

Try some of these actions to slow down Climate Change!

  • Have 4 minute showers
  • Take reusable bags shopping
  • Switch off appliances at the power point when they are not in use
  • Recycle everything you can
  • Buy products with less packaging.

Try some of these things to slow down Climate Change!


Greenhouse Games 2010

GREENHOUSE GAMES > This year from October 11th to December 12th our school is competing in the  2010 Greenhouse Games Challenge. Every family has received a brochure explaining the Challenge. All you have to do is go to [Greenhouse Games website] and register your family as part of the Mildura West Team. Then plan your mission against climate change. Start small and then do some bigger things. This is to be  completed weekly. Keep track of your points and post them on the website. There are prizes for the school if our school is the most energy efficient we will win $2000.00 and a Greenhouse Games trophy. It’s fun. It saves energy  and saves money for families on their energy and water bills. The winning  households will win a Bunnings voucher worth $200.00.  Good luck!


Climate change

There are many small things we can all do to slow down climate change. The actions we can take are:
1. Buy energy saving appliances

2. Use car pooling wnenever you can. One less car on the road is a good thing!

3. Grow native plants in your garden.

4. Use water wisely.


Climate Change in Australia

Many Australians live along the coast however Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth. With this comes dangers of extreme heat and drought.

Climate Change is affecting Australia now. It is expected that temperatures will increase, many parts of Australia will receive less rain, bushfires will happen more often and sea levels could rise.

1. Reduce the amount of energy we use.
2. Take 3 minute showers
3. Recycle as much of your waste as possible
4. Turn off the lights when leaving the room
5. Unplug all appliances when they are not being used
6. Turn the heater down and put on a jumper
7. Ride a bike instead of driving
8. Car pool with friends and team mates
9. Use a clothesline not a dryer
10. Try renewable energy: e.g. solar power hot water system