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Moncton to participate in Earth Hour


March 19, 2013  

MONCTON – The City of Moncton is once again participating in Earth Hour, an endeavour in which people in cities around the world will be turning off their lights for one hour to highlight the need for action against global warming. Moncton residents and businesses are encouraged to turn off their lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

The first Earth Hour was held on March 31, 2007 in Sydney, Australia and involved 2.2 million people and 2,100 Sydney businesses. It has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people from more than 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries/territories across every continent switching off their lights for Earth Hour, creating history as the world’s greatest ever environmental action.

Several civic facilities are participating this year by switching off all "non-essential" lighting on Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 pm. The trail lighting in Centennial Park and lighting in all other parks will not be altered for safety and security reasons.

How can you participate? Easy! Spread the word and challenge family and friends to find ways to spend sixty minutes in the dark on Saturday, March 23! Whether you’re stargazing at Centennial Park, enjoying a candlelit dinner, or listening to music, turn off your lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, and make this Earth Hour a success.
 
For more information, visit the Earth Hour website at www.wwf.ca/event/earthhour.

There will also be a free Earth Hour event on Saturday, March 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Centennial Park. This electricity-free event is for all ages and will feature entertainment including acoustic music, dancing, drum circle and a bonfire. For more information on this event, contact Olivier Weil at monctonearthday@gmail.com

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Media Contact:

Mélanie Cécyre
City of Moncton
Corporate Communications
506-877-7745
melanie.cecyre@moncton.ca