Advocate asks readers to turn off the lights

HERE'S an idea that will hopefully be a big turn-off across the Coffs Coast.

The Coffs Coast Advocate is asking all residents across the coast to turn to their dark side by switching off their lights this Wednesday for 30 minutes at 8pm.

The idea of the Turn Off Your Lights campaign is for families to spend half an hour in the moonlight as a way of helping the environment and focusing attention on ways to decrease our carbon footprint.

And those Coffs Coast residents who switch off their lights this year will not be alone in the dark.

They will be part of a huge powerless-exercise across Northern NSW and Queensland as 13 major centres hit the switches at 8pm.

Coffs Coast, Lismore, Tweed Heads, Grafton, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Sunshine Coast, Maryborough, Gympie, Bundaberg, Toowoomba and Ipswich are all taking part in this project via APN's daily newspaper network.

The Coffs Coast Advocate's editor David Moase said it was a terrific bonding opportunity to link these communities for one common purpose.

“Imagine the emissions we could save if hundreds of thousands of homes turn to candle power for just 30 minutes,” he said yesterday. “We hate keeping our readers in the dark, but on this occasion we'll have to make an exception.

“While 30 minutes with the lights out and the television off is not going to change the world on its own, it will show that people are prepared to take matters into their own hands to protect the environment.”

The Turn Off Your Lights event will coincide with the publication of the Green Earth Guide in Wednesday's Advocate.

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