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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Government backs Earth Hour

Media release
27 March 2009
PG/235

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Environment Minister Peter Garrett today confirmed that all of the 128 Australian Government departments and agencies in Australia have registered to participate in Earth Hour this Saturday.

Minister Garrett said the mass action covers more than 1,500 government buildings and more than 3.7 million square metres of floor space.

"The Government is doing its bit this Saturday to support the millions of Australians voting 'Earth' by switching off their lights this Earth Hour," Mr Garrett said.

"The lights will go out at the Federal Court of Australia, the Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, Australia's Casey Station in Antarctica and more than 80 Australian embassies and posts around the world."

The Government effort has been coordinated by the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

"Earth Hour presents an opportunity to raise public awareness of the importance of energy efficiency and it also shows us what we can achieve when unite for a common cause through the simple act of switching off the lights.

"I'll be at the Earth Hour concert in Melbourne's Federation Square which is powered by more than 1,000 cyclists who have donated their time over the last week to give us a chance to gather and reflect on the positive things we can do to reduce our impact on the environment.

Mr Garrett said more information on what is being done to help Australians move to more energy efficient homes from energy rating labels to minimum energy performance standards and much more is available at www.environment.gov.au.

A list of participating government agencies follows:

Commonwealth of Australia