Playing games by torchlight are (from left) Rebecca, Tallulah, Juanita, Giovanni and Henrie Ebono, and Lani, all of Mullumbimby
Playing games by torchlight are (from left) Rebecca, Tallulah, Juanita, Giovanni and Henrie Ebono, and Lani, all of Mullumbimby

Gas and candles will do the job nicely



A LOT of people are participating in Earth Hour because it is a worthy, awareness-raising exercise about climate change.

But for Giovanni Ebono, of Mullumbimby, it's just a good excuse for a fun dinner party. He plans to have a candlelit dinner cooked using gas.

"I'm inviting about 10 of my good friends for a nice electricity-free evening," he said.

"I often have dinner parties on the full moon, and March 31 will see the second full moon of the month, which is known as a blue moon. Happily it also happens to be the night of Earth Hour."

Despite his flippant claims, Giovanni fully endorses the aims of the stunt.

"While the actual impact of everyone turning off their lights for an hour will be minimal, it's more the awareness it creates of our electricity use and the alternatives," he said.

To sign up to Earth Hour go to www.earthhour.smh.com.au and turn off all your lights between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on March 31.

Also unplug any appliances ? mobile phone chargers, TVs, microwaves, MP3 players ? that are not being used and are on standby. Appliances left on standby account for up to 10 per cent of the average household's electricity use.

? WILL JACKSON



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