April 3, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE or RELEASE DATE
TOWN, RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS COLLABORATE
TO MAKE EARTH HOURTM A SUCCESS
“On March 29, 2008, between 8pm and 9pm as part of the global Earth Hour event, the
Town, its residents, businesses and organizations collaborated together to make Earth
Hour a success. This collaboration exemplifies our community’s commitment to
protecting the environment, and demonstrates that it is possible to take meaningful
action against climate change”, said Mayor Rick Bonnette.
According to initial estimates, at least 230 residents, and several businesses and
organizations participated in Earth Hour. This likely underestimates the true extent of
Earth Hour participation across the Town because some residents, businesses and
organizations participated but did not formally register. In addition, many of those that
registered, registered their household without specifying the actual number of people
A better sense of the extent of Town-wide participation is provided by the 9.4% reduction
in the Town’s energy use, measured by Halton Hills Hydro. Collectively, the efforts of
the all Town Earth Hour participants resulted in this noticeable reduction in energy use.
Halton Hills Earth Hour participants demonstrated their commitment, creativity and
interest in Earth Hour by engaging in many creative Earth Hour activities. Examples of
these activities include residents turning off non-essential lights and electronic
equipment, enjoying candlelit dinners with family and friends, eating locally grown food,
organizing discussions on environmental issues, taking neighbourhood walks and star
gazing, camping in the dark and playing board games, turning down the thermostat, and
reading bedtime stories by flashlight.
Town businesses also made a valuable contribution to the success of Earth Hour by
doing such things as turning off non-essential lights and making their customers aware
of the global event.
The Corporation of the Town of Halton Hills itself participated by spearheading the event
and by reducing energy use at Town facilities.
For more information on Earth Hour, please visit www.haltonhills.ca/EarthHour and
www.wwf.ca/EarthHour, or contact Damian Szybalski (Planner – Policy) at
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