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ClimateSmart Living campaign begins in Queensland: 155,000t of greenhouse gas gas emissions per year could be saved by changing light bulbs

Posted by gmarkets on 3 September, 2007

‘Change a Light Bulb Day’ on September 1 was just one of several government initiatives in the ClimateSmart Living campaign to encourage Queenslanders to make small lifestyle changes that would cumulatively have a big effect, said Premier Peter Beattie in the Queensland Parliament on 22 August 2007. Save over 80pc of greenhouse gas emissions: “As part of our climate change strategy, we are moving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” the Premier said. “I want to remind members that 1 September is Change a Light Bulb Day in Queensland. I launched this campaign with the minister for the environment, Lindy Nelson-Carr, at the Ekka as part of the government’s 12-month ClimateSmart Living campaign and, along with 5,500 other Ekka goers, pledged to change a light bulb on 1 September. … Change a Light Bulb Day is about encouraging all Queenslanders to change at least one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas. This is about small things making a big difference. One 60 watt incandescent light bulb, running six hours a day, produces 120kg of greenhouse gas each year. A compact fluorescent light, running for the same time, produces only 22kg. If every Queensland household replaced just one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent one, Queensland would save almost 155,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in a year.”

Series of action days in campaign: “Climate change is real,” Beattie said. “What we do to combat it is critical and it’s up to all of us to do our part to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Changing a light bulb is one easy way everyone can participate and I encourage all Members of this House to take part. Change a Light Bulb Day is the first in a series of state-wide action days encouraging Queenslanders to reduce greenhouse gas. Further ClimateSmart Living promotions include “Cool it by Degrees” asking residents to check their refrigerator temperature for efficiency, “Climate Under Pressure” encouraging motorists to pump up their tyres to reduce fuel, “Splash and Dash Day” to encourage Queenslanders to cut time in showers, as well as “Queensland Unplugged” to encourage people to switch off appliances not in use.”

Reference: PD Beattie, Premier and Minister for Trade, Member for Brisbane Central, Australian Labor Party, Records of Proceedings, First session of the Fifty-Second Parliament, Queensland, 22 August 2007.

Erisk Net, 26/8/2007

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