Coffs Harbour resident Jane Irwin, right, is alone in showing her support for long-distance walker Sarah Bishop, who is making
Coffs Harbour resident Jane Irwin, right, is alone in showing her support for long-distance walker Sarah Bishop, who is making

Where were you Coffs?

By UTE SCHULENBERG

ALTHOUGH Sarah Bishop didn't show her disappointment, she must have been hoping for rather more support from the Coffs Harbour community than she received.

The 22-year-old is walking from Brisbane to Sydney, giving Australian youth a voice in the global warming debate and inviting people to join her along the way.

Yesterday when she arrived at the Coffs Harbour Botanic Garden, there was a welcome committee of one ? Jane Irwin.

"I came because I wanted to offer her my support," Ms Irwin said.

"This is a mammoth personal undertaking.

"She has gone out there in a non-aggressive, non-confrontational way, to actively instil awareness in kids about the plight we are all facing ? I had hoped for more people."

Now halfway through her trek, Ms Bishop, who is an ambassador for Earth Hour, admitted her feet were getting sore but her spirit was in good shape.

"I've been going into schools and talking to kids," Sarah said.

"So many people have come up and told me it's great to see someone standing up for what they believe in.

"I'm here to encourage people to commit to Earth Hour in their local communities."

Earth Hour is a massive environmental initiative that will see Sydney businesses and residents turn off all lights across the city for one hour on March 31 as part of a campaign to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions by five per cent in 2007.

"I'm aiming to be in Sydney on March 30 ? I want to see those lights go out," she said.

"One hour might not sound like much, but it gets people to stop and look at the amount of power they are using.

"Hopefully they will notice how many things are left on and see how easy it is to switch them off."

She said the benefits were threefold ? reducing emissions, reducing electricity bills and also an opportunity to raise awareness and educate.

Sarah will be speaking at the Nambucca Rotary Club at 6pm on Tuesday.

To find out more about Sarah and to show your support, go to www.onegiantwalk.org.



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