New Brunswickers encouraged to participate in Earth Hour 2009 (09/03/26)

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March 26, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are being encouraged to participate in Earth Hour 2009 on Saturday, March 28, by turning off their lights from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

"Earth Hour is a very important event in which I encourage all New Brunswickers to take part," said Environment Minister Roland Haché. "By turning off the lights for one hour, New Brunswickers can join Canadians across the country in showing their support in the fight against climate change."

Earth Hour is a worldwide, annual event organized by the World Wildlife Fund. It began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when more than 2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour to draw attention to the challenges facing the world because of global warming.

During last year's event, 10 million Canadians joined 40 million people around the world who switched off their lights.

The theme of this year's event is that of a global election between Earth and global warming. Switching off the lights is a vote for Earth, whereas leaving them on is a vote for global warming. Organizers are hoping to reach 1 billion votes for Earth, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December.

"The government is committed to fighting climate change through the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan and other initiatives such as the Department of Supply and Services' Green Building Program, and the Department of Transportation's Green Vehicle Policy," Haché said. "Earth Hour is another important tool in educating the public about the effects of climate change, and I hope every New Brunswicker will participate in this event."

More information on the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan and Earth Hour 2009 is available online.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.