Fort St. John prepares for Earth Hour

By Christine Rumleskie

 

The stars may seem a little more radiant next Saturday.

That’s because Fort St. John is taking part in the fourth-annual Earth Hour celebrations on March 27th.

Residents are encouraged to switch off their lights for one hour, starting at 8:30 p.m.

BC Hydro is collaborating with the World Wildlife Fund this year, to bring the message of conservation to the Province.

Local BC Hydro Spokesperson Dan Von Hollen says it’s important to make an effort to limit energy use, rather than just delay it.

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Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia to bring awareness to climate change. In 2008, the event blossomed into a worldwide movement, with more than 35 countries participating.

In just one hour last year, Von Hollen says the Province saw a drop of 1.1% in hydro consumption. He says that equals around 1.5 million lights being switched-off.

This year, the Northern Environmental Action Team is spearheading another event at the Whole Wheat and Honey Cafe.

Communications Coordinator Tammy Hrab says there’s going to be live acoustic entertainment in a candle-lit setting.

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Doors will open at 7 p.m., and tickets for Neat members are $5, and $10 for non-members. They are available at www.neat.ca or Northern Groove.

Meanwhile, Von Hollen encourages residents to think about conservation in terms of cutting out unnecessary power use.

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To sign up for Earth Hour, click here.

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