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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
5 June 2006
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, has encouraged all Australians to celebrate World Environment Day today (5 June 2006) and said we should care for our planet every single day.
Senator Campbell said caring for our unique environment was the personal responsibility of every Australian.
He said the Australian Government continued its investment to protect our environment and heritage for future generations, with $3.9 billion committed in the 2006-07 Budget.
“Over the past 10 years, the Howard Government has provided record levels of funding to tackle our key environmental challenges of climate change and managing our natural resources but I encourage everyone to join in and take simple actions to protect our environment,” Senator Campbell said.
“We should all be proud of the work we’re doing to protect our environment – but there are a lot of simple things we can all do better that will make a big difference.
“Given that 85 per cent of Australians live in towns and cities, and that we’re leading the world in environmental education, today is a time to do some homework on how we can live more sustainably every day.
“Something as simple as turning off your television instead of leaving it on standby can save up to 85 kilograms of greenhouse gases each year – that’s enough gas to fill 85 family fridges.”
If all Australian households replaced their standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps, they would save the equivalent amount of electricity as generated by one 600MW power station.
“Setting up your refrigerators and freezers in cool spots, out of the sun and away from ovens, will save up to another 100 kilograms of greenhouse gas each year.”
Senator Campbell said dripping taps were one of the biggest culprits of water wastage in the average household – and are so simple to fix. “With a $2 washer, you can save up to 600 litres of water a year. That’s enough to fill a bathtub every six weeks.”
“The water savings can extend beyond the home as well – in fact mowing your lawn less often will keep your lawn greener with less water and save precious drops for drinking.
“We should use World Environment Day to all work together to change our environment for the better, home by home,” he said.
For information about what you can do to protect your environment, visit www.deh.gov.au
Marianne McCabe 02 6277 7640 or 0400 389 580