Earth Hour – March 29, 2008 – 8pm (YOUR Local Time)

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On Saturday, March 29 at 8pm millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – symbolizing the need to take action on climate change. Join the Earth Hour movement by turning off lights between 8:00 – 9:00 pm on March 29, 2008. Climate change is the biggest environmental threat to our planet and the number one concern for Canadians. Participating in Earth Hour is a simple way to take stand in the cause for a better, greener earth.

Personally, I don’t think 1-hour on a Saturday Night once a year is going to make ANY difference at all, and I will NOT Be turning off my electricity during this time. However, I am always for having a greener earth and saving the environment, and recycling, and all of that .. and always personally trying to reduce power consumption if I can. And, not only because there’s a motivation to reducing my Hydro bill each month … It just takes two seconds to turn off a computer each night. And, for the 10 minutes it takes to reboot .. I just go make a fresh pot of coffee in the morning!

TIPS For A Greener Earth

* Get off standby. Speak to your office manager about turning off any equipment at work that is not being used, including computer screens, photocopiers and printers, particularly when you leave at night.

* Turn off lights at the end of the working day. Before you leave your place of work remember to turn off any lights in your workspace and your computer if you use one at work. Remember to unplug your mobile phone or laptop charger when it’s not in use. Speak to your office manager about installing motion-sensor lighting after 5pm when most people have gone home.

* Find out what’s happening in your workplace. Ask about your company’s emissions reduction policies and find out what’s already happening. Look for ways to reduce energy use in your workplace and encourage improvements. If employers know their employees are keen to make their workplaces environmentally friendly, they’ll be even more inclined to take action.

* Encourage your organisation to have measurable emissions reduction targets. Many Australian businesses are committing to emissions targets and have plans to be carbon neutral by a certain date. Switching to green power, reducing and offsetting energy use and travel, and incorporating this into all areas of the business are critical to this process. Does your company have a plan?

SOURCE (And Read More Tips Here) EARTHHOUR.org

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