Gordonvale State School will be hosting a film night for Earth Hour on 27 March to encourage families to switch off unnecessary electricity as part of more than $300,000 worth of community grants to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Round Four of the Bligh Government’s $1 million Low Carbon Diet program.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the Gordonvale State School P&C Association had received a cheque for $6,380* to deliver the Low Carbon Diet message through an outdoor Family Film Evening.

“Showing a film on the school oval will be a great night out and will also highlight the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr Pitt said.

“A competition will be held with local schools to produce an advertisement relating to sustainability and they’ll also be running a community light bulb and battery exchange.”

The Gordonvale State School P&C is one of 33 organisations state-wide to benefit from the funding that is part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to reduce the state’s carbon footprint.

“These Low Carbon Diet grants allow community groups to save money, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, and encourage other individuals to do the same,” Mr Pitt said.

“Three previous funding rounds have been completed since early 2009, and we estimate that by the time these final community groups finish their projects in May 2010, Queenslanders will have cut an estimated 1.57 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

“Almost 74,000 Queensland families and householders have directly participated in the program, including today’s successful applicants, and discovered the simple lifestyle changes that collectively make a real difference to our environment.”

Mr Pitt said the strength of the program was that it allowed organisations of all shapes and from all walks of life to be involved in combating climate change.

“As part of the Queensland Government’s Toward Q2 vision we have set the ambitious target of cutting Queensland’s carbon footprint by one-third by 2020,” he said.

“Queenslanders are keen to play their part in addressing climate change and programs like this one have helped people to work together at a local level to achieve great results.”

Community groups and individuals can register to participate in the Low Carbon Diet online on the ClimateSmart Living website www.climatesmart.qld.gov.au.

*Figure is GST inclusive.