Letter to the Editor - Tuesday, April 8: Fantastic event
ON THE evening of Saturday, March 29 more than 1000 Earth Hour events were held around Australia, and the one held here in Grafton was up there with the best.
Its success was largely due to the initiative and leadership of Suzanne Lynch of Clarence Valley Council being closely linked to the co-operation, support and encouragement of Father Donald Kirk and Roger Millard of Christ Church Cathedral.
This joint venture resulted in an event which informed and inspired over 120 people.
Suzanne's careful organising of the speakers, the entertainment, the leaflets and posters, the candles, the Earth Hour T-shirts and the team of helpers was a truly great effort.
Roger's chairing of the event was outstanding.
The message of climate change was addressed powerfully by Father Donald, Roger, Ruby Sherrin and Gordon Fraser Quick and then in the form of a play by South Grafton High School Drama Group.
Thanks to the Earth Hour Swing Orchestra, Geoff Welham and Tilly Mash for providing the musical entertainment and to Jeff Keyes for his beautiful display of the flora and fauna species he has found and photographed on his property in the local area.
Substantial promotional support was given in the days leading up to the event by The Daily Examiner. Two full page Earth Hour advertisements, several stories about people who are building sustainability into their lives, plenty of reminders about the event, and on Earth Hour day itself a splendid eight page supplement entitled 'Environment and Sustainability' were all greatly appreciated.
It is hoped to make this Clarence Valley Earth Hour Event an annual occurrence which will grow stronger each year. So put Earth Hour Saturday, March 28, 2015 in your diaries, and in the weeks and months between now and then let us all do what we can to take the Earth Hour climate change message into the world around us.