Earth Hour 2011 is almost upon us – it’s actually 8.30pm on Saturday 26th March – and millions of people around the world will switch off their lights and contemplate the future of the planet.
Checking your vehicle tyres are properly inflated is another way that you can help to preserve the environment – it only takes a few minutes and not only helps the planet, but can also save you money and fuel.
Earth Hour represents an urgent message – we only have one planet Earth and we need to reduce the impact our energy system has on it.
However, more is needed then a gesture like turning off the lights or ‘powering down’ for an hour. Saving the planet will be built on more permanent and long-lasting changes of habit – like making sure your vehicle tyres are properly inflated.
We should check our tyres pressure once every couple of weeks, but for those who don’t always get round to it, now’s the time to make a big effort.
Earth Day is a good time to remind ourselves that properly inflated tyres improve safety while reducing emissions and saving us money at the pumps.
It also means our tyres won’t wear out as quickly – and that means less tyres heading for landfill.
But most importantly, vehicle handling can be seriously affected by improperly inflated tyres.
If you’re unsure what the proper tyres pressure is for your vehicle, check the manufacturers handbook or inside the door jam for the correct level.
Earth Hour, which is organised by the WWF, started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change.
In 2010 a record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world. from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing they all have in common – the planet.
Denna Bowman, Head Office