March 26, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are being encouraged to participate in Earth Hour 2010 on Saturday, March 27, by turning off their lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
"I encourage all New Brunswickers to join Canadians across the country in taking part in this important event," said Environment Minister Rick Miles. "Turning off the lights and not using electricity for one hour will raise awareness about the effects that climate change will have in our province and around the globe."
Several communities in New Brunswick will be participating, including Sackville, Dieppe, Grand Falls, Moncton and Fredericton.
Fredericton has been designated a flagship city by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for Earth Hour 2010 in recognition of the capital's support for the global climate change awareness initiative and for its on-going commitment to the environment.
To celebrate, the city is co-hosting an Earth Hour event at the Boyce Farmer's Market on Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in partnership with the Climate Change Youth Engagement Network, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and the Department of the Environment.
"Our communities and environmental leaders are to be commended for their commitment to the environment," said Miles. "I encourage New Brunswickers to participate in Earth Hour and show their support for this climate change initiative."
Earth Hour is a worldwide, annual event organized by the WWF. It began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when more than two million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour to draw attention to the challenges facing the world because of global warming.
Last year, more than 4,000 cities in 88 countries turned off the lights, making Earth Hour 2009 the world's largest global climate change initiative.
"As a province we have taken a position of leadership in Atlantic Canada in terms of addressing climate change," said Miles. "We are in the third year of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan, and 90 per cent of the commitments put forth in that plan have been started or completed, which is great news for New Brunswickers."
The provincial government remains committed to contributing to regional and national initiatives to address climate change. The province also remains committed, with federal leadership and support, to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2012.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.