Singing Parade to Remind Pitt Meadows of Earth Hour

March 26, 2012

CITY OF PITT MEADOWS
News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2012-04
March 26, 2012
For further information, contact Patti Rear,
Green Leadership Team Co-Chair at 604-465-2411
greenteam@pittmeadows.bc.ca

SINGING PARADE TO REMIND PITT MEADOWS OF EARTH HOUR

PITT MEADOWS, BC: On March 31, if you see a parade of people singing and playing instruments through your neighbourhood in Pitt Meadows, turn off your lights.

It's a reminder to residents to turn off their lights during Earth Hour, an annual international lights-out event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The City is encouraging its residents to turn off their lights and other power sources for one hour on Saturday, March 31st between 8:30 and 9:30pm. They have teamed up with two local artists, Lillian Ireland and Rob Dramer, who have written a song about Earth Hour, to organize a sing-along parade to remind Pitt Meadows residents.

"With the lead of these two artists, we are bringing the community together before Earth Hour to sing the song in a parade to help spread the word and encourage neighbourhoods to turn off their lights at 8:30," says Patti Rear, Co-Chair of the Green Leadership Team at the City of Pitt Meadows. "We invite individuals to join in with their flashlights and promote community spirit by singing along or playing acoustic instruments."

Participants are asked to gather at Spirit Square on Harris Road at 7pm on March 31st to learn the song. The parade is set to begin at 7:30pm through nearby neighbourhoods.

Last year, over 15 million Canadians turned off their lights for Earth Hour. Pitt Meadows achieved the highest reduction in hydro consumption in British Columbia, with a drop of 5.7% during Earth Hour.

Residents and businesses can get involved in Earth Hour 2012 by visiting the Earth Hour website at www.earthhour.org. Information on the community event and words to the song can be found on the City's website at www.pittmeadows.bc.ca under the "Residents" tab, in the "Going Green" section's "Green Events".