As in previous years, my family will be participating in Earth Hour on the 28th March at 2030-2130, and I will see if we can rope a few other around the neighbourhood into the event as well.
Now as you know, leading by example is one of my values, so imagine my dismay when I went to this years Earth Hour website and discovered that my local council has not signed up for the event.
Here is my action email for the day, which I sent off a few minutes ago.
"Dear Melton Shire Councillors,
My name is Gavin, and I am a keen advocate for the environment and strong climate change action.
Being a regular participant in Earth Hour since its inception three years ago, I was disappointed to find that Melton Shire is not listed as a participant in this years event as per the link, http://www.earthhourau.org/faq#general-04
As Earth Hour is one of the premier Climate Change events each year, wouldn’t it set a shining example to our community if the shire council participated in the event this year. Leading by example has always inspired others to follow. I believe that if the shire joins this event, many other families will be inspired to take part, thereby sending a powerful message to our leaders at the Commonwealth level. Other benefits to the shire would be energy savings, public relations value, and the council would be very visible showing its green credibility.
We all have families and want them to have a bright future, so by acting in this simple way, we can go part of the way to helping send that message of hope which is so desperately needed in these troubled times. Please consider joining the many hundreds of other councils throughout Australia by participating in Earth Hour on the 28th of March 2009.
I will let you know what I get back. If any councillor of Melton Shire are reading, please consider signing up to this years event.