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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 25th 2009
22 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 26, 2009 MB ONE DEGREE OF CHANGE -- IT'S ABOUT EVERY ONE OF US Local heroes Leading lights It's a fact Tutu backs Earth Hour Archbishop Desmond Tutu has lent his voice to Earth Hour's global call for action on climate change. ''Climate change is the greatest human-induced crisis facing the world today. It is totally indiscriminate of race, culture and religion. It affects every human being on the planet,'' he said. Archbishop Tutu was the recipient of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in advocating civil rights. ''Earth Hour is an opportunity for every man, woman and child from all corners of the globe to come together with a united voice and make a loud and powerful statement on the issue of climate change,'' he said. Earth Hour encourages people to switch off their lights at 8.30pm this Saturday. Thumbs up for garden projects Project Orange Thumb, run by leading garden-tool company FISKARS, funds gardening projects which benefit the community. The initiative is making four grants available to Australia and New Zealand communities, each of which will be worth up to $2000. Visit www.projectorangethumb.com (and follow the links to the Australian/New Zealand grant application). Applications close on March 31. Students help boffins find school's carbon footprint STUDENTS from Bethlehem College in Ashfield are working with CSIRO scientists to determine the carbon footprint of their school. The school has selected 18 of their selective-stream students across years 7 to 9 to take part. ''The really exciting part of this project is being able to engage students in scientific research that is both rel- evant and challenging,'' Bethlehem College science co-ordinator Silvana Rossetti said. ''The project will deepen students' capacity to problem solve, resulting in a sustainable environment man- agement plan for the college.'' Principal Anna Dickinson said: ''This is an excellent opportunity for our students to work with scientists in the field and as a result may consider scientific research as a career op- tion.'' Primary school children from St Ambrose, Concord West; St Vincent's, Ashfield; Holy Innocents', Croydon; and St Michael's, Stanmore will also be involved. Flushed with success: Kindergarten does its bit to conserve water St Andrew's Kindergarten staff with MP Angela D'Amore. ST Andrew's Kindergarten in Abbotsford has done its bit for the environment by installing water-saving devices and teaching kids about the benefits of water conservation. The preschool has recently installed dual-flush toilets and timed-flow taps in its bathroom, as well as a 5000-litre rainwater tank. Kindergarten director Jenny Bickley said: ''We love the environmental aspect of the new bathroom and will use the water-saving devices to teach the children about the need to conserve water.'' Toilets in the adjoining St Andrew's Anglican Church and its hall have also been updated. Parent and St Andrew's parishioner Penny Hummerston is delighted with the improved facilities. ''The old bathrooms in the kindergarten and the church were very run down and used excessive volumes of water,'' she said. The kindergarten's management committee president, David Michaelis, thanked the Federal Government, the State Government and Lend Lease for their funding contributions to the upgrade. He also praised the fundraising efforts of the kindergarten parents and carers and the former kindergarten director, Michelle Crandell. Killer of an idea saves money and the environment CREATING a sustainable home is now easier with the new TV Standby Killer Switch. This product reduces energy consumption just by plugging in the TV. The switch has been designed to protect and save on standby energy, therefore lessening energy costs, saving money and the environment. The compact device is easy to install. Start by plugging the TV's power lead into the TV Standby Killer and ensure it's plugged into the main wall socket or power board. Clip the infrared device onto the front of the television. When the remote is pointed at the sensor, it automatically cuts off power to all electrical appliances connected to the controller power outlets. Bunnings Warehouse electrical buyer Sanjiv Jassal said the product took saving energy to a new level. ''Leaving products such as TVs, DVD players and home theatres on standby not only uses a lot of power, but also shortens their lifespan,'' he said. ''By using this TV Standby Killer Switch, you won't just be greatly reducing your electricity bills, but also extending the life of your television.'' 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