Barrie schools power down for Earth Hour

Earth Hour has arrived a day early at the Simcoe County District School Board.
Beginning at 1:30 p.m. today (March 25), board schools and facilities are encouraged to celebrate Earth Hour by turning off all non-essential lighting for one hour.
“SCDSB schools and facilities have participated in this event for the past three years, and we encourage schools to use Earth Hour as a learning opportunity,” says Kayla Kalalian, Environmental Systems Coordinator, SCDSB. “March 25 will be a day to demonstrate our commitment to environmental education – not just by turning off the lights, but by turning on young minds.”
Schools, and others, are encouraged to register online so that they can be included in the count of people participating in this global movement.
The official Earth Hour is tomorrow (March 26), at 8:30 p.m. People around the globe are asked to turn the lights off for one hour, to conserve power and also to raise awareness of sustainability issues.
Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007. About 2.2 million people and 2,000 business turned off their lights for one hour. A year later, 50 million people in 35 countries and territories joined in. A number of global landmarks, including Toronto’s CN Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and the Colosseum in Rome, all went dark for an hour.
The number of participants in the 2009 Earth Hour numbered in the hundreds of millions, with more than 4,000 cities in 88 countries and territories switching off the lights for an hour. By 2009, the Earth Hour had become the world’s largest climate change initiative. Last year, 128 countries and territories took part.
Earth Hour is organized by the World Wildlife Fund. For more information and how to participate, got to WWF Canada.

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