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Thinking global and acting local, Julie Grundy takes on any challenge we throw at her.

Going beyond the hour

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G Magazine has been setting challenges for us readers since 2008 - just little things we can do to make our lives greener and more sustainable. And it’s my opinion that G readers are already pretty good at doing the right thing by the environment.

I bet a lot of you have participated in Earth Hour since it began in 2007. It’s on again this year, with people worldwide turning off their lights at 8pm local time on Saturday March 26th - you might have seen the ads on TV already. But now that they’ve got hundreds of thousands of people around the world to demonstrate that they’re serious about climate change, they want to aim higher.

This year’s theme is “Going Beyond The Hour”. This year Earth Hour is asking for more than a small symbolic act, they want us to show the way for people who are only just now realising that something needs to be done.

Going beyond the hour is similar to what we do for our G Challenges. With these challenges, I push myself to try new eco-friendly things so I can get the hang of them quickly. And then I tell people how I’ve benefited and what I’ve learned.

This year Earth Hour is giving out awards to people who’ve led the way and set a good example for the rest of us. I’ve just nominated an online friend who’s been an inspiration to me on my green journey. Who has inspired you to be more eco-friendly? I’m betting it’s someone who doesn’t get the recognition they deserve for their efforts.

There are several categories: Young Pandas for the under-15s, Workplace Champions, Future Makers for people who live greenly, Educators for those who teach others, and a Lifetime Achievement award. If your inspiration fits into one of these categories, why not nominate them for the award? Or even nominate yourself or your kids? You’ve got to be in it to win it!