On Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Halton Hills is asking businesses and residents to recognize Earth Hour.
Earth Hour is a global event where people show their support for an issue by turning off unnecessary lights and electronics for one hour.
This year, the theme of Earth Hour is to bring attention to the inter-connectivity between climate changes, biodiversity and people. In Canada, according to the Earth Hour website, populations of more than one-half of monitored species have already declined by 83 per cent on average since 1970 in Canada. Contributors to this decline are: habitat loss, pollution, unsustainable harvest, invasive species and climate change.
“Earth Hour is a symbolic event to remind us that it is everyone’s responsibility to take actions to lessen our impact on the environment by reducing our energy use, protecting wildlife, saving water and more,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “I encourage everyone to participate in Earth Hour by turning off unnecessary lights and electronics.”
On March 24, Halton Hills Hydro will once again measure our community energy usage. Since first participating in Earth Hour, Halton Hills has saved enough electricity to power approximately 28,146 homes for one hour.
Below are suggestions for how residents, educators and business owners can participate in Earth Hour:
Discuss with your friends and neighbours why you are going to reduce your energy during Earth Hour.
Turn off unnecessary lights and electronics.
Enjoy a candlelit dinner with family and friends.
Read a book by flashlight or play a game with your family.
Host an Earth Hour party with neighbours.
Donate to an organization that focuses on protecting the environment.
Organize a mini-Earth Hour in your class the day before Earth Hour.
Discuss the importance of reducing energy with your students, protecting wildlife and what they can do to reduce climate change.
Sign a pledge and draw a picture of how they will participate in Earth Hour.
About the Town of Halton Hills The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval – and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine.
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