Residents and business owners are being urged to cut their power usage during Earth Hour between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. A World Wildlife Federation (WWF) initiative, Earth Hour is the hour when lights go off in cities around the world to acknowledge humanity’s impact on climate change.
“Earth Hour is just a way of reminding us that our use of power has significant impacts on our environment. That’s something we need to be aware of at all times — and adjust our behaviours accordingly,” says Paul MacLatchy, Director of Environment and Sustainable Initiatives.
This year the City is also encouraging Kingstonians to be mindful of and conservative with their power usage beyond Earth Hour. Those with ideas for conserving energy, or who wish to discuss how they can benefit from electricity conservation programs, may visit Kingston Hydro’s website or www.saveonenergy.ca.
The City of Kingston is again participating in this effort and will darken municipal buildings and street lights where appropriate at 8:30 p.m. in recognition of the WWF’s Earth Hour.
Kingstonians can celebrate Earth Hour together by turning off their lights and heading to Springer Market Square for the annual volunteer-organized “Kingston Unplugged” concert from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information on the concert please see www.kingstonunplugged.com.
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