About 350 Red Deerians turned out for the annual Earth Hour swim at the Collicutt and G.H. Dawe Centres on Saturday night to help raise awareness of climate change and global sustainability.
The Dawe and Collicutt turned off non-essential lights for The City’s third annual Earth Hour Swim in the aim of conserving energy and creating a fun atmosphere. The recreation centres joined a number of other City facilities in powering down between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday for Earth Hour, an annual event recognized across the world.
Red Deer’s electricity consumption for Earth Hour 2016 was down by 3.08 per cent compared to the previous Saturday. This was a drop from last year’s power reductions of 6.77 per cent, but comparable to other years including 4.2 per cent in 2012, 3.2 per cent in 2013 and 2.85 per cent in 2014.
During the annual swim, the Collicutt Centre had a 25 per cent reduction in electricity use over the same time from the previous week. Residential and commercial customers also joined the global movement, saving a total of 2,857 kilowatt hours of electricity this year. That’s the equivalent of shutting off the electricity of almost five households for an entire month.
"To give a sense of what that means for our efforts in raising awareness of climate change, Red Deer’s Earth Hour efforts would be the approximate equivalent to reducing about two metric tonnes of CO2 emissions that result from power generation," said Matthew Chambers, Environmental Program Specialist. "Even the smallest change like we were able to accomplish during Earth Hour helps to not only raise awareness of climate change, but also helps residents understand the important link between energy consumption and the greenhouse gas emissions that are produced as a result.”
Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has since grown to include more than 178 countries in an effort to protect the planet. For more information on Earth Hour or other City of Red Deer environmental initiatives, please visit www.reddeer.ca/environment.
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Environmental Program Specialist
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer