This Saturday power down for Earth Hour!

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Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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Earth Hour is back! Join the town and citizens from 7,000 cities around the world to make a global statement in support of action on climate change. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, turn off non-essential lights and unplug electronics. Try a candlelight dinner, board games by flashlight, stargazing by the lake, or a moonlight stroll.

“Energy conservation and environmental stewardship are year-round priorities for the town,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Earth Hour reminds us that even small actions can have a big impact on our natural environment. Together we can create a cleaner, greener Oakville.”

The town will take part by turning off all non-essential lights and marquee signs at town facilities and parking lots where possible without compromising public safety or interfering with services.

Last year, businesses, residents and the town reduced energy consumption by five per cent (8,831kwh) during Earth Hour. This year, the town aims to beat that and see even larger savings throughout the community

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Starting March 25, 2017 you can also head to the Oakville Public Library, Central Branch to learn how you can be part of the Earth Hour movement every day and try the “Rock the Bike” pedal-powered bike-charging station. This will kick off an Earth Month display series at participating Oakville Public Libraries.

Visit oakville.ca for information on how to participate in annual and year-round energy conservation and environmental stewardship initiatives, including:

  1. Keep Calm and Adapt: Emergency and Weather Preparedness event – May 6, 2017
  2. Oakville Conserves Energy Fair – May 27, 2017
  3. Prepare to be Prepared Challenge – registrations starts in April
  4. Update of the Environmental Strategic Plan – opportunities for public contributions begin later this year

Earth Hour is a global lights-out initiative created by the World Wildlife Fund to encourage individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take accountability for their ecological footprint. Earth Hour 2016 took place in more than 7,000 cities and towns in 172 countries and territories across all seven continents. Residents, businesses and community groups are encouraged to register their Earth Hour event at earthhour.org.

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