The Town of Bracebridge is participating in Earth Hour by turning off lights and equipment in specific locations for one hour at 8:30 p.m. on March 30 in support of the worldwide movement for the environment, according to an announcement on March 28.
Earth Hour is a movement by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to encourage people to take action for the planet. It started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and now people from more than 7,000 cities and towns in over 162 countries and territories participate. The Town of Bracebridge is participating by turning off lights in non-essential locations (see list below) and reducing other electricity usage during the hour-long event. The town has also worked toward lessening its environmental impact through road reconstruction projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving traffic flow and through the town’s fleet management program, which replaces town vehicles with more fuel-efficient options.
“Council supports the principles of Earth Hour and encourages residents of Bracebridge to participate as well,” said Mayor Graydon Smith in the announcement. “The Town is committed not only to taking part on March 30th but to continue to investigate and implement processes that will conserve energy and reduce our eco-footprint year-round.”
The town is encouraging residents to see what they can do after the lights go back on as well, such as hanging your clothes to dry or taking the bus to work.
“Bracebridge Transit and Bracebridge Mobility offer an accessible and environmentally-conscious option to travel around the town for shopping, employment, healthcare, schools and other activities,” Smith said.
Join the town by turning off your lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m. on March 30. For more information about Earth Hour, click here. Find Earth Hour on Facebook and Twitter and connect using the hashtags #EarthHour and #Connect2Earth.
The Town of Bracebridge will participate in Earth Hour by:
- Reducing heating and electrical heating systems in municipal buildings and other locations
- Shutting down computers, fax machines and photocopiers
- Turning off non-essential lighting in locations such as:
- Bracebridge Municipal Office
- Bracebridge Community Sign on Highway 11
- Bracebridge Sportsplex
- Bird Mill Mews Parkette
- Bracebridge Public Library
- Apple Tree Park
- Bracebridge Arena
- Centennial Park
- Silver Bridge
- Kerr Park
- Memorial Park Bandshell
- Kelvin Grove Park
- Memorial Park