Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Calgary set to participate in Earth Hour 2013

Photo submitted for the 2012 Mayor’s Environment Expo Youth Photography Contest by Nick Tufts.

For Earth Hour, show your willingness to make the necessary changes to turn the tide of climate change. Join The City of Calgary and unplug for one hour this Saturday (March 23, 2013) from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Earth Hour is an annual worldwide event. It’s a call to action for individuals and businesses to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change and reducing greenhouse gases.

“There’s more to it than switching off lights for one hour once a year,” says Robin Sauve, team lead for Environmental & Safety Management. “Participating in Earth Hour is a visual indicator of your commitment to rethinking everyday actions in support of a healthier community.”

Without a doubt, this movement has shown the widespread concern for our environment and how simple the solutions for change can be when people make them together.

Last year almost 13 million Canadians in more than 511 cities participated in Earth Hour. Canada joins at least 150 countries around the world and the people living in more than 6,950 cities, town and municipalities.

The City will participate in Earth Hour by turning off non-essential lighting in various buildings including: Calgary Municipal Complex, Calgary Public Building, Whitehorn Multi-Services Centre, the Langevin Bridge, 4th Street Underpass, Riverwalk, the Public Art LED Box near the 5th Ave Flyover, Manchester Building E, Ad Valorem Place, and Fire Halls.

Everyone is encouraged to participate – individuals, businesses, schools, and organizations. All you have to do is:
  • Turn off your lights and unplug electronics, appliances and chargers for one hour, starting at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.
  • Encourage your family, friends and local businesses to join the action. 
  • Get counted by signing the Earth Hour pledge online
Visit www.EarthHourCanada.org for more information.

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