Participate in Earth Hour March 29, 2008

March 11, 2008

CITY OF PITT MEADOWS

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2008 - 07
March 11, 2008
For further information, call
Tara Stroup, Green Team Member at 604-465-2415
tstroup@pittmeadows.bc.ca

 

CITY OF PITT MEADOWS TO JOIN FORCES WITH GLOBAL INITIATIVE
EARTH HOUR MARCH 29, 2008

PITT MEADOWS, BC: The City of Pitt Meadows continues its efforts of conserving energy by encouraging staff, residents, and businesses to shut off their lights for one hour on March 29th, starting at 8 p.m. in recognition of Earth Hour 2008.   City Council announced at Tuesday's Regular Council Meeting that they will be participating in this year's global event and are encouraging other municipalities in BC to do the same.

The City of Pitt Meadows has been working diligently at becoming a sustainable community”, says Mayor MacLean.   “Council has established a Green Team Committee to develop an achievable Sustainability Action Plan as part of our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint.”   

“Earth Hour” got its start in Australia in 2007 when 2.2 million people and 2100 Sydney businesses turned off their lights for one hour in an initiative to be proactive against global warming. Sydney's energy reduction target for the event was 5%. To their surprise, this synchronized effort reduced consumption by 10.2% which is equivalent to taking 48,000 cars off the road for one hour.

Many major cities are joining Earth Hour for 2008, including here in Canada: Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver .   Over 2800 major corporate businesses have signed up to participate, turning this symbolic event into a global movement to combat climate change.  

Information on how residents and/or businesses can get involved in Earth Hour 2008 can be found on the Earth Hour website at http://www.earthhour.org/ .

 

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