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Earth Hour starts its journey across the globe

Georgia Waters and Christine Kellett | March 29, 2008 - 5:30PM

The Earth Hour balloon, as seen by the Channel 7 helicopter, over  Brisbane suburbs this morning.

The Earth Hour balloon, as seen by the Channel 7 helicopter, over Brisbane suburbs this morning.


Brisbane had its very own light-bulb moment early this morning, with the arrival of a giant globe-shaped hot air-balloon on a final push ahead of Earth Hour.

Organisers hope the climate change message has dawned on thousands of Queenslanders planning to take part in tonight's world-wide event, which has attracted some unlikely allies. The Australian Federal Police pledged to pull the plug on all non-essential power sources in the interests of national (or natural?) security yesterday.

AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty said the AFP would be switching off as many non-essential lights, computers and electronic equipment from 8pm to 9pm tonight.

"Although we are a 24-hour organisation, we are still able to play our part and join homes, businesses and government agencies across the world in raising awareness of environmental issues," Mr Keelty said

Commissioner Keelty said the AFP was "committed to being an environmentally responsible member of the global community", and had already put in place a number of environmental initiatives including the use of fuel efficient and low emission vehicles and recycled paper.

The new AFP Canine Kennelling and Training Facility also incorporates waterless urinals, rainwater harvesting, energy efficient in-slab heating, solar hot water and the segregation of waste into recycling, organic and landfill.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/queensland/christchurch-flicks-switch-to-lead-off-
earth-hour/2008/03/28/1206207396407.html