Cochrane Sustainability News - Earth Hour Special

Earth Hour CanadaEarth Hour takes place this weekend, Saturday March 26 starting at 8:30 pmSponsored by The World Wildlife Fund for Nature, Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change.  Last year the Town of Cochrane supported Earth Hour as did the Province of Alberta and over 10 million Canadians, thousands of businesses and over a billion people world-wide.  Cochrane can be proud that according to FortisAlberta's top ten list for 2010, we placed second in the entire Province in our reduction of energy use.

Visit Earth Hour Canada to pledge your support.  On Saturday night, switch off all your lights (as well as your tv and computer!) and enjoy an hour in darkness.  There are many ways to participate in Earth Hour, here are some ideas to get you started! 
(Scroll right down to the bottom if you want to know about Earth Hour events here in Cochrane.)

  • Turn off non-essential lights for one hour.  Switch to minimal lighting (in accordance with your occupational health and safety policy) in your building/office, including external signs, and try to dim any internal lights that cannot be turned off.
  • Encourage staff, customers, colleagues and their families to take part in Earth Hour and commit to ongoing low-carbon habits in the workplace and at home.
  • Have a game-night, dust off the board games and play by candlelight!
  • Share some old-fashioned quality time which will remind your children that games can be played without a computer or TV screen.
  • Attend the Star Watch at Mitford Park (more information below).
  • Have a symbolic Earth Hour event at school. You could hold an Earth Hour assembly or a lightless-lunch.
  • Send a letter home with students letting parents/guardians know about Earth Hour.  Encourage families to participate in Earth Hour on March 26 from 8:30-9:30 pm and to sign-up at
In Your Community
  • Encourage your local businesses, restaurants and pubs to join in on the celebration.
  • Host a pot-luck dinner. Encourage people to use 'non-cook' foods, and eat dinner by candlelight!
  • Host a neighbourhood block party with food, games and local entertainment.

What's Happening in Cochrane during Earth Hour?

Weather permitting, members of the Cochrane Environmental Action Committee (CEAC) are once again organizing a Star Watch, a free public viewing of the skies in Mitford Park just south of the ponds and next to the parking lot. This year there will be more and bigger telescopes and CEAC's members will show you Saturn with its rings and moons, perhaps Jupiter and Mercury (early in the evening), besides the great Andromeda galaxy (2.54 million light years away and rushing towards us), double stars, very ancient globular clusters of stars and the great Orion nebula where stars are being born.  Star Watch will begin at 8:30 and at about 9:30 Nic David will lead the group on a tour of the skies. Dress very warmly, astronomical observing is not an aerobic sport! And bring binoculars if you have them. All are welcome.  This is a great family event!

If it is raining, snowing, or there is heavy cloud cover the event will be postponed until Sunday the 27th, same time and place.

For more information about Earth Hour and how you can participate or spread the word visit Earth Hour Canada.

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