Grafton leads Earth Hour in Valley

GRAFTON residents took the lead in the Clarence Valley when it came to Earth Hour on Saturday night.

According to figures from electricity provider Country Energy, power usage in the city dropped 7.5 per cent, compared with the same period on Friday night.

In South Grafton and Yamba the savings were more modest, with usage dropping four per cent on the south side of the Grafton Bridge.

Yamba residents powered down to cut usage by 4.5 per cent.

Clarence Valley residents were part of more than 4300 cities and towns in 126 countries celebrating the event.

“People all over the planet have again shown that the spirit of Earth Hour comes from millions of small actions that we can all take as one,” said WWF-Australia CEO Greg Bourne.

“Whether you switched off the lights in Brisbane, Beijing or Barcelona – you were part of something that is now a worldwide call for action on protecting our environment.

“When we conceived Earth Hour just four years ago, we wanted it to be something that could spread from its home town of Sydney right across the world. We’ve now well and truly proved that this is possible.”



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