Connect2Earth this Earth Hour

Earth Hour 2018In 2007, residents in Sydney, Australia created a movement by turning their lights off for one hour in support of climate change. This marked the beginning of Earth Hour.  The following year, 35 countries participated in this World Wildlife Fund initiative and last year, on Earth Hour’s 10th anniversary, millions of individuals, businesses and organizations from a record 187 countries and territories took part. Burlington’s Brant Street Pier was one of over 3,100 landmarks that was turned off during Earth Hour.

This year, Earth Hour will take place on Saturday, March 24 at 8:30 p.m. local time and the focus is #Connect2Earth.

What is the City of Burlington doing during Earth Hour?

We will do our part and unplug or reduce the use of:

  • Lighting where facilities are closed (some lights are required to be left on for safety and fire code reasons)
  • Arena refrigeration plants (compressors, condensers, brine pumps, etc.)
  • Exhaust fans/air handlers and heaters in viewing stands
  • The Brant Street Pier lights will be off between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Of course streetlights and traffic control signals will continue to operate as normal for safety reasons.

What is the City of Burlington doing year round?

What can you do to #LiveGreenBurl and #Connect2Earth?

Did you know?

  • While transportation accounts for 30 per cent of the energy used in Burlington, it represents 40 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions. Consider leaving your vehicle at home and enjoying the outdoors by walking or cycling to destinations under five kilometers.
  • When you leave your devices plugged in even though you’re not using them, you are using phantom or standby power which can account for up to 15 per cent of your annual home electricity consumption. The solution? Turn off or unplug the source of electricity that powers your device.

Take Action Burlington! Collectively we can make a difference to reduce our impact on our climate and be kinder to our planet!

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