The City of Calgary will participate in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 27, 2010 by turning off non-essential lighting and encouraging citizens to join millions of Canadians in turning off their lights at 8:30 p.m.
The City s also sponsoring an all-ages Earth Hour event at Olympic Plaza beginning at 8 p.m.
“We’re excited to see iconic buildings in Calgary go dark for Earth Hour. We’re hoping Calgarians will get on board and show their support for Earth Hour and the global campaign for climate change action. Bring your family, flashlight and mug for hot chocolate and join Calgarians as we count down to darkness!” says Judi Vandenbrink, event organizer.
Earth Hour, coordinated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), a global conservation organization, is an international lights out event to raise awareness about climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“Facilities providing essential services during Earth Hour will remain lit as necessary for operational and safety purposes,” said Bill Grey, Buildings Supervisor.
Last year almost 10 million Canadians participated in more than 150 cities and municipalities across the country. Around the world, millions more participated in more than 105 countries.
Earth Hour shows that collective small actions can make a big difference. Lighting accounts for about 10 per cent of electricity in homes and 35 per cent in offices. By turning lights off when they aren’t needed citizens and businesses can save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
People can also become involved by signing the Earth Hour pledge online at www.EarthHourCanada.org
The City of Calgary has a proven track record in delivering on greenhouse gas reductions. Specifically, The City of Calgary municipal operations is on track to reduce GHG emissions by over 60 per cent from the period 1990 to 2012, exceeding the 6 per cent reduction established by the international Kyoto accord.