Residents are encouraged to turn the lights off at home and head to the Dawe or Collicutt pools for the annual Earth Hour Swim on Saturday, March 19.
Both the Collicutt Centre and G.H. Dawe aquatic centres will turn off just enough lights to create a fun atmosphere and conserve energy while also ensuring a safe recreation environment. For only $2 per person, individuals and families are encouraged to drop in between 8 and 10 p.m. and join the movement that encourages individuals, communities and businesses to turn off unnecessary lights and appliances for one hour worldwide.
“For just one hour we want Red Deer to turn off everything they can,” said Matthew Chambers, Environmental Program Specialist. “Not only is it a symbol of doing our part to reduce energy and emissions, but now more than ever it’s an important concept to take just 60 minutes to turn off the TV, the tablet and even the cell phone and simply enjoy the moment.”
In addition to the pools at the Dawe and Collicutt, The City will participate by turning off non-essential power on Saturday night in an effort to build on the success of past Earth Hours. Last year Red Deer saw a 6.77 per cent decrease in power during Earth Hour compared to the same time the previous week.
“Now that we’ve grown to be a city with over 100,000 citizens, the demand on our electricity continues to grow as well,” said Chambers. “The Earth Hour swim is a great way to turn everything off and get out of the house for a fun Saturday night.”
Earth Hour began in Australia in 2007 when 2.2 million people switched off their lights to raise awareness for climate change. Since then, over 100 countries across the globe actively participate in Earth Hour by encouraging citizens to turn off electricity between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. local time.
For more information on Earth Hour, visit reddeer.ca/environment or earthhour.org.
For more information, please contact:
Environmental Program Specialist
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer