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Thunder Bay Signs On for Earth Hour

March 27, 2008 - The City of Thunder Bay is encouraging residents to participate in `Earth Hour' 2008. City Council recently endorsed the motion put forth by Councillor Rebecca Johnson encouraging businesses and households across the city to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour at 8pm on Saturday, March 29.

Earth Hour is an important opportunity for all of us to raise our environmental awareness, said Mayor Lynn Peterson. Turning off the lights for a symbolic period of time provides an opportunity for each of us to make a difference in our world and sets the stage to make more mindful energy choices going forward.

Earth Hour has grown from a single event in Sydney, Australia in 2007 to a global event that will occur in as many as 20 capital cities across six continents this year. Last year in Sydney, 2.2 million people and 2100 businesses took part; reducing energy consumption by 10% - the equivalent of taking 48,000 cars off the road for one year. In Canada, Toronto was the flagship city to commemorate Earth Hour 2008. Since then, at least 53 other communities across the country have signed on. The goal is to get thousands of businesses and individuals to participate in this historic event. Residents, businesses and institutions are encouraged to participate by turning off any non-essential lighting during Earth Hour to the extent possible. Street lights, safety lighting, heating and other services will not be affected by this event.

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Contact: John Hannam, City Clerk, 625-2238