Hamish Webster, Keren Chpman and Charlie Hurcomb.
Hamish Webster, Keren Chpman and Charlie Hurcomb. The Northern Star

Biggest turn-off a turn-on for some

KEREN CHAPMAN and Charlie Hurcomb think North Coast residents flicking off their light switches at 8 o'clock tonight for the Northern Rivers' biggest turn-off is a great idea.

“It's important for the environment to stop using power and help cut greenhouse emissions,” Mr Hurcomb said yesterday while inspecting a gas camp stove.

And while he won't cook tonight's family dinner on the burner at their home in Lismore, he reckons people should be more aware of the greenhouse gases that households produce.

“We are concerned about our children's future and ourselves as well. We are stuffing up the world pretty quickly,” he said.

Last year, the Northern Rivers consumed more than 640 billion watts of power every hour which was generated from greenhouse gas-producing coal power plants in the Hunter Valley.

A Country Energy spokesman said that while the fall in energy consumption would not be known until tomorrow, local consumers were already voting with their feet by signing up to 100 per cent-accredited green energy generated from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.

He said the average household that used green energy saved about seven tonnes of greenhouse pollution every year - the equivalent of removing two cars from the roads.

There are plenty of things you can do with the lights off for 30 minutes during The Northern Star's Turn off your Lights for the Planet campaign tonight, from 8pm.

Here are some ideas we've come up with and we'd love to hear what your family gets up to.

  • Play hide-and-seek. It's much more fun in the dark.
  • Record yourself reading a story during the day and play it back in the dark - it's kind of like listening to stories on the radio in the good old days.
  • If you have a swimming pool, try playing Marco Polo in the dark.


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