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DPIE93/6GR 22 January 1993


A new character joined in the challenge to save energy today, with the help of the Federal Minister for Resources, Alan Griffiths.

It's a 21st century freshwater turtle, named Hieronymus. Hieronymus is the hero of a new video for children which shows the link between the way we use energy and the greenhouse effect. In the video, Hieronymus is missing its swamp home has been invaded by salt water as a result of rising sea levels.

Mr Griffiths released the video, Saving Hieronymus, to a group of children in Sydney today, at the Holdsworth Street Community Centre, Woollahra.

"Our demand for energy is the largest single human contribution to the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is the most prevalent of the greenhouse gases. This video came about because of the great deal of interest shown by children and teachers. in The Energy Guide,

distributed to households around Australia in 1991.

"There is no doubt that children are particularly tuned into environmental issues and care about our environment a great deal. Saving Hieronymus explains how the careless use of energy could cause problems for the generations which follow us and the simple things we can do to minimise

that impact - things like making use of the sun for clothes drying, being careful about our use of hot water, using appliances properly and being sensible about the use of our cars.

"The sad fact is that we do not know the precise extent of the challenge we face in dealing with greenhouse. But we do know what we can do to minimise its impact, and this is the basis of the Government's energy management strategies and programs," the Minister said.

"We might think that our own households can't do very much. But they can : Each of our homes accounts for around 6-7 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. That's even more than our cars, which each account on average for around 4-5 tonnes a year. Every household has a crucial impact. It's up

to us individually to decide whether the impact we have will be good or bad."

The video will be distributed to all primary schools and junior secondary schools around Australia. Information: Kristen Barry - (018) 375 629/ (06) 277 7480.

Parliament House PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY Phone: (06) 277 7480

Canberra ACT 2600 MICAH Fax: (06) 273 4154