City powering down for Earth Hour

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City of St. Catharines press release – The City of St. Catharines is joining with communities around the world and celebrating Earth Hour in the dark on Saturday, March 30/2019.

The City will be powering down all non-essential lighting and electronics at City Hall and Market Square to raise awareness about climate change. Residents are also encouraged to take action by switching off lights, powering down electronics and unplugging chargers from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on March 30.

“We’ll be turning out the lights on Earth Hour to signal our commitment to preserving the environment for future generations,” said Mark Green, manager of environmental services. “Making small changes, such as switching off lights when we leave a room, unplugging devices when not being used, using cold water for laundry, and turning down the thermostat a degree or two, can make a big impact for our planet.”

The City is committed to being a leader in protecting the environment and preparing for the impacts of climate change. Recently, the City removed water sold in plastic bottles from vending machines and concessions at most City facilities and is encouraging visitors to use water fountains and water filling stations at the venues. The City will be installing water filling stations at select City parks in 2019 to continue its efforts to reduce the amount of single-use plastics that are discarded.

During select events at City facilities, staff will distribute reusable straws and information sheets to raise awareness about alternatives for single use plastics. The City will also use grant money from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to hire a climate change coordinator to look at what the City needs to do to adapt to the future effects of climate change.

Residents and businesses can share how they plan to participate in Earth Hour and what they are doing to take action against climate change. Everyone who completes a survey will be entered to win an Earth Hour prize pack. Learn more at www.stcatharines.ca/EarthHour.

 


 

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