Friday, March 30, 2012

Earth Hour 2012 - Calgary

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Earth Hour events in Calgary aimed at raising awareness of global warming

Calgarians asked to minimize energy consumption for one hour on Saturday night

By Amanda Stephenson,
Calgary Herald
March 30, 2012

Eco-minded Calgarians will join millions of people around the globe on Saturday night as they dim their lights in support of Earth Hour.

Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour aims to raise awareness about global warming by encouraging individuals to reduce their own energy consumption for one hour on the last Saturday in March. This year’s Earth Hour will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time.

The City of Calgary will be shutting off the lights at many of its facilities, including its Water Centre, Manchester and Whitehorn buildings, the Langevin Bridge, Prince’s Island riverwalk and all fire stations.

Many downtown businesses have also indicated plans to turn off all non-essential lights at 8:30 p.m.

Local non-profit organization Ecoliving Events will welcome the public to an Earth Hour celebration starting at 8 p.m. at the Calgary Area Outdoor Council facility at 1111 Memorial Dr. N.W.

Participants will sit in the dark, sipping hot chocolate and coffee made from power generated from an on-site solar trailer. In past years, the event has drawn as many as 500 people.

“It is symbolic, but it’s also a place for people to get together and talk about these (environmental) issues,” said Ecoliving Events executive director Judi Vandenbrink. “People want to come together and talk about solutions, and bring to light that global warming is a concern for them.”

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is partnering with Good Earth Coffeehouse and Bakery to put on a free candlelit concert by Calgary band Escape the Audience. The concert will take place at Good Earth’s 908 13th Ave. S.W. location, and a portion of proceeds from food and beverage sales will be donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Also: Calgary City News Blog


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