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TRYING OUT FLY FISHING
Gary Magill works with Ava Gynan on learning the fine art of fly fishing at the Brook Never Sleeps event, which was held in Centennial Park by the Uxbridge Brook on March 19. The eco-workshop taught youth about the local watershed. Photo by John Cavers

 

Community

 

 Shelter wants pet waste for eco-bricks

by Lisha Van Nieuwenhove

The New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog wants your pet's poo so that it can become the most environmentally friendly building in the two townships that it will serve.
The animal shelter has announced that it is going to start collecting house pet waste matter and turn that waste into bricks that will be used to build the actual shelter. Because of the recycled nature of the bricks, and they way they are formed, the shelter will end up having a negative carbon footprint, making it one of the greenest buildings in both Uxbridge and Scugog townships.
“We're really enthusiastic about this project,” says Sue Edge, one of the committee members that decided on this particular building material. “We think it's a great way for the people of Uxbridge and Scugog to get involved with helping to build the new animal shelter. Not everyone can give money, but lots of local families can bring their dogs and cats' litter and have it made into bricks that are going to build a building that will help other animals find their forever homes.”
Although the process does not sound appealing initially, it is a growing technology that is gaining popularity. Excrecement is the company that the animal shelter has chosen to make its bricks. Based in Dunginton (located between Bracebridge and Bigwind Lake Provincial Park), Excrecement has wiped up the market with this new technology, which has been used from Africa to England. Excrecement creates normal looking reddish-brown bricks by combining ash from incinerated sewage with vegetable oil to make bricks which are classified as carbon-negative because the oil comes from plants which have taken C02 out of the atmosphere.
“This technology should really be more popular than it is,” says Thistor Esmells, Excrecement's public relations manager. “Whole towns can be made from our bricks. It's difficult to convince people that we can use sewage to create new buildings.”
The animal shelter sees the spring as the perfect time to start collecting all the specimens needed to make bricks.
“This is excellent, right now,” says Colin Brown, another NASUS committee member. “Everyone in town is going to be getting out in their yards now and cleaning up the messes that their pets have made over the winter. This is fantastic way to get rid of all that poop!”
Pet owners simply have to stoop-and-scoop as usual, but instead of flushing or discarding the feces, they are asked to bring it to the site of the Big Dump on Reach St., just outside of Port Perry. There, the waste will be collected and taken north to Excrecement, where it will be filtering, cleaning and incinerating the waste so that it can then be made into solid, sturdy bricks.
At the moment, only dog and cat feces can be used in to make the special bricks. Cat litter is perfectly acceptable, as the litter can lend a texture to the brick that gives it a more authentic look. The bricks are guaranteed not to emit any odours in any type of weather. They are meant to perform exactly the same way traditional cement bricks perform.
The site of the future animal shelter is on the west side of Lakeridge Road, just south of Reach St. (For more, see Our two cents, page 4 Editorial.)


 

Let’s Get Happy

with Jacquie Hermans
Inspirational Comedian & Emotional Intelligence Specialist

Are You Seeing Things Clearly?

One of my kids recently said, “Daddy looks older than you.” I replied, “Do you think it's because he doesn't colour his hair and I do?” She said, “No, it's because he's taller.”
All of my kids have associated age with height, because it's all they know. Up until now, kids taller than them tend to be older.
How many of us make judgments or decisions based solely on what we know? The data we take in from what we see, hear, feel, touch, and taste tends to rank high when deciding how we feel about a situation. There are many situations in life that we simply need to make a judgment that grows from whatever evidence that we've accumulated. The problem with this process is that the evidence we haven accumulated is not necessarily the same evidence other people have. There is a good chance we are not getting a “bird’s eye view” of all situations.
Have you ever heard the phrase “Where you focus your attention is what you will receive more of”? For example, when you get a new car, all of a sudden you notice the same kind of car everywhere. If you believe “something” to be true, you will notice evidence to support your belief. Just like when my marriage was on the rocks, I noticed everything my husband did that drove me nuts. I saw lots of evidence that confirmed he was a jerk. The evidence I was seeing was not a clear representation of who he was (is).
The same was true when I chose to make an effort to change my thoughts about my husband, to give our marriage a chance. I started to focus on what I appreciated about him, and then I began to see lots of evidence day after day to support that belief. I found so much evidence that it became easier and easier to remember why I loved him.
I've chosen to second-guess all my belief systems to try and give situations a fresh perspective. I ask myself “At what point in my timeline did I create this belief system? What evidence was my belief based upon? From whom did I learn it? Is the belief still accurate for who I am today?”
Sometimes my ingrained patterning jumps the gun before I can ask myself these questions, such as “in the moment parenting scenarios.” The good news is I always have a chance to reflect upon each of my decisions and determine how they are working for me moving forward. If I have negative emotions coming up, I then have evidence that it's not working very well for me.
What's great about this process is that my choices do not have to be the same as anyone else's. I might clean up spilled milk with a tea towel, and you might use a paper towel. You might separate your colours when doing laundry; I might be okay with mixing everything together. A friend with a similar spousal issue may choose to separate, and you may choose to continue on. There doesn't have to be a right or wrong answer - it's what works best for you. Question your beliefs and make decisions that feel right for you. Everything becomes clearer that way.

UPCOMING ways to Light'n Up…

The next Light'n Up Women's Circle will take place on Sunday, April 12, from 1 - 3 p.m., 14 Testa Rd., Uxbridge. Mark it in your calendar now to reserve that time for you (by donation).
Hope to see you and your family at a FREE “PLAY with ME” workshop on Monday, March 30, from 7 - 8 p.m. at Trinity United Church. Great for all ages! LAUGH, PLAY and CONNECT with your kids. The next 8-week program starts on Monday, April 13.
Would you like to release your fears of public speaking and / or create interactive and engaging presentations? Join me for one or two days of my upcoming course POWERFUL PRESENTATIONS, to be held on April 17 and 18 at the Don Valley Hotel and Suites, Toronto.
For more information visit www.lightnup.ca (What We Offer / Upcoming Events) or call/text (905) 758-0565.

FAMILY FUN ACTIVITY
“Madeleine”

While at the dinner table or in a circle, one person points to someone in the group and says a letter. The “chosen” person must come up with a name, an object or service that can be sold and a location, all starting with the LETTER. As an example, if “M” was chosen someone could say “Madeleine sells Marshmallows in Main.”

The chosen player now points to a new person and calls out a letter. Make sure everyone has a chance to try it before anyone gets a second turn. You don't need to keep the same order when doing a second or third round.

 

Tiger Talk

by Nique Therrien

Happy Test Day

Finally, the giant test has arrived! This Thursday, March 26, is a busy one for the Grade 10s and the art students of Uxbridge Secondary School. Not only is the Grade Ten literacy test on Thursday; it’s also the music department's Jazz Café!
The Grade 10 literacy test is an annual mandatory test that Grade 10s must be passed in order to graduate secondary school. It has two components, and you are given about two hours per component to finish. The students must pass with a 75 per cent or higher, or they must re-take the test in order to pass high school. This test is taken to test the student's literacy knowledge and inquiry skills. It can be very nerve wracking and stressful, and this year some grade 10s have some very strong opinions about this test.
“I think this test is pointless! It doesn't look for intelligent answers, just the bare minimum. I feel prepared, but I am not looking forward to this,” exclaims Ariel Sinton, a Grade 10 student, who seems to not agree with this mandatory test.
Another student echoed these sentiments.
“I'm not really nervous for this test, it's just going to be really long and boring. Not looking forward to it,” noted Cole Steele.
On a happier note, the USS Jazz Café is being held on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students/seniors. Little treats and drinks will be served by some members of the Music Council to the guests who come to enjoy the show. The Uxbridge Public School Jazz band will be performing a few songs, under the direction of Ms. West, as well as the famous USS Jazz band (who won a Gold at the Collingwood festival) directed by Ms. McKeown.
“This year we have an amazing jazz band! It’s a group of 9-12 students who enjoy playing tunes of swing jazz - loudly!” laughs Ms. KcKeown.
The USS Improv Team will be performing and entertaining the audience as well.
Daniel Seixeira, a member of both the Jazz band and Improve Team, is pretty excited for the Café.
“I think this Café is going to go really well. The Jazz band is going to rock and the Improv Team is going to do great, as well.”
Anyone who wants to listen to some nice jazz or enjoy some great acting is invited to attend.
So, good luck to all the Grade 10s taking the literacy test and to the jazz bands and the Improv Team, they'll all do amazing! Thanks and as always have an amazing week, Tigers!

 

 

 Goodwood News

with Bev Northeast

SpringtimeBev Northeast

Spring is here, and with it comes the beautiful early flowers and our fine feathered friends to serenade us with their melodies, so keep the bird feeders full for another couple of weeks.
There is still time to get into the shape you want by joining Yoga at the Goodwood Lions Hall every Monday night, 6:45-8 p.m. It is geared to all levels of experience and any age group. Email triplegoddessyoga@hotmail.com or just drop in to the hall on Monday night.
Zumba is still going strong at the Community Centre; drop in any Tuesday night and join in the fun of moving to the music.
We still need volunteers for the park clean up and this can only happen if you are willing to pitch in.
The Goodwood Community garage sale is May 2, so gather your treasures and mark the end of your street and your driveway with red balloons so shoppers can find you.
Don't forget to register for the talent show on May 20 at 7 p.m., and remember this is entertainment, not a competition. Any talent suitable for a family show is accepted. Register at 905-640-3966 or bnortheast@powergate.ca.
The Goodwood Baptist church holds Sunday services at 11 a.m. and all are welcome to attend. On March 29 music by Diana Welygan; April 3 Good Friday music by the Woodcock Brothers, Laura Bacon, & Margaret Weir; April 5 Easter Sunday music by John Moore & children; April 12 music by Janice Buerling. Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. is Kids Club and Youth fellowship, with 7 p.m. Bible study and Prayer meeting. Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m. & Saturday, March 28 at 9 a.m. feature a conference on strengthening the family. For more info www.goodwoodbaptistchurch.com or call 905-640-3111
The Gospel Hall holds its Sunday Service at 11 a.m. with Sunday School and Bible reading. www.goodwoodgospelhall.com
Why is every Friday Mosport day through Goodwood? Traffic speeds are way over the top, and are an accident waiting to happen. Please slow down. What can we do to slow you down to respect the residents of the hamlet? Please give us a clue and we will respect your suggestion.


 

Town Hall

Notes from the March 23 Council Meeting

by Roger Varley

Standing Water:
If you have any standing water on your property, you could receive a visit from the township bylaw department.
Council received a report on Monday from the Durham Region Health Department stating that the township must investigate complaints about standing or stagnant water on municipal or private property in order to fight the threat of West Nile virus.
The report says the regional health department has the authority to require municipalities to take action on any complaints, including entering private property to investigate and ordering removal or treatment of any standing water. That would fall under the jurisdiction of the bylaw department.
As well, municipalities will be required to make sure no water sits in roadside ditches for longer than four days.
The report says it is an offence not to comply with the required action, with fines of up to $25,000 each day that action is not taken. The report does not specify whether that applies to the municipality or the property owner.
The heath department said standing, stagnant water can include water caught in old tires, ornamental ponds, bird baths, flower pots or other small containers.
In battling West Nile virus, only 12 cases of human infection were identified in Durham Region between 2006 and 2012, although two elderly men were said to have died as a result of West Nile in 2012. The health department says most people who are infected suffer mild symptoms such as head aches and dizziness.
Council agreed to send the report to Chief Bylaw Officer Andre Gratton.

"We'll get back to you":
Despite expressions of support, council told the Uxbridge Prayer Breakfast group that politics and religion do not mix.
Julie Clark, chair of the Prayer Breakfast, appeared before council seeking financial support for this year's event. She said the group was seeking assistance in paying for the rental of the Wyndance golf club in Coppin's Corners, the catering of the breakfast, advertising and the guest speaker.
The breakfast is scheduled for May 13 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., with tickets costing $20. The guest speaker will be Uxbridge's Dr. Jennifer Wilson, who has led a medical team to Ghana for the last few years.
"We usually don't mix religion with politics," said Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor.
She said council has never funded the breakfast before, although Ms. Clark offered that the township had provided funds the first year in 2011.
In answer to Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger, the mayor said the breakfast does not qualify for funding from the township's golf fund, which is usually used to aid sports groups.
Mayor O'Connor told Ms. Clark she would discuss her request with treasurer Donna Condon, adding: "We'll get back to you in a couple of days".

Lucky break for janitors:
It was a minor piece of business: Public Works Director Ben Kester asked council to approve the awarding of the contract for Goodwood Hall janitorial services for the tendered price of $20 an hour. The only other tender received was for $22 an hour.
But as council approved Mr. Kester's request, Councillor Pat Molloy noted that custodians at Zephyr and Sandford Halls, who are township employees, are paid only $15 an hour. Council quickly agreed to increase their wages to $20 an hour.

 

 

View From The Hill

with Erin O’Toole

Strong Women. Strong World.

Like most of us, I have been deeply impacted by some incredibly strong women in my life. From my youth to my time in the military, the corporate world, to my political team in Durham and Ottawa, I am fortunate to have been inspired, influenced, assisted and mentored by female leaders and team members. I am also married to a strong woman who has been my partner for almost 15 years. I have been in awe of her accomplishments - working for Hockey Canada, winning a Grey Cup ring as part of the Toronto Argonauts back office and ultimately at the Vancouver Olympics with the Olympic broadcaster. I was always there to provide support and look at her accomplishments with pride. Rebecca also helped support our family when I left the military and went back to law school. Now, we both strive to juggle work, raising healthy children and being involved in our community. Like most families, work-life balance is something we strive for, but never seem to fully attain.
March 8 was International Women's Day. It was a day when we could take stock of our progress towards gender equality and to honour the contributions women have made and are making in Canada and around the world. This year's theme was Strong Women. Strong World. It pointed to the particularly vital contribution that women make every day to the Canadian economy and to job creation and innovation in Canada. Our Minister for the Status of Women, Dr. Kellie Leitch, has shown strong leadership on many important initiatives for women in leadership positions and she comes by this naturally, given her incredible personal accomplishments. She is an orthopedic surgeon who also has a Masters of Business Administration. Before politics she was both a surgeon and a university lecturer on health and business issues. She has been a personal friend to our family for many years and is the person that got me actively involved in politics. While my father ignited my passion for public service, it was Kellie who actively recruited me into becoming a volunteer organizer.
Minister Leitch has done important work highlighting the role of female entrepreneurs and small business owners. In 2009, nearly 1 million women, or 11.9 per cent of all those with jobs, were self-employed, up from nearly nine per cent in 1976. In 2011, women held majority ownership of 16 per cent of small and medium-sized businesses. These businesses employ more than 1.5 million Canadians and their growth can be largely factored into our success at weathering the global economic recession and challenging economic times. In Durham, you need only look to these great examples: Linda Westwell with Miche Bags in Courtice; award-winning and renowned designer Paula Lishman in Port Perry; Ginger Jackson, owner/operator of McDonald's in Port Perry and Uxbridge; Valorie Mueller, part owner of a steel component manufacturing company in Bowmanville; Dana Smith of Dana's Goldsmithing in Port Perry and Isabelle Roberts, President of BRIC Engineered Systems and BRIC Institute of Robotics in Oshawa.
Minister Leitch has also raised the issue of having more women serve as directors on public, private and non-profit boards of directors. Research shows that companies with one or more women on their board perform better and will be a better reflection of the markets or industries the companies are engaged in. When I worked in advertising, I learned that women are often the key decision maker in households and will scrutinize purchases or decisions more than a male counterpart. This is the exact type of critical thinking and analysis that helps businesses grow and provides the proper critical oversight for companies and non-profit organizations.
Our Government has created a new Girls Advisory Council to engage girls across Canada on their priorities and perspectives. This Council and campaign includes a video contest called Strong Girls, Strong Women that will provide an opportunity for girls and young women to apply to become new Council members. Its goal is to provide direct input from young women from across Canada on how to empower girls to be leaders; to develop mentoring and championing programs for girls; preventing violence against young women and girls and how to use social media tools in positive ways. The contest applies to girls 15-24 years of age and videos must be submitted by April 15, 2015. Guidelines for the Strong Girls, Strong World video contest can be found at www.dayofthegirl.gc.ca.
Rebecca and I are raising our daughter to be a strong and independent person who will have an equal opportunity to pursue her passions and lead in her field. In Canada, we have equality of opportunity for all but should always review our progress on equality and celebrate the success of trailblazers and innovative women across our society.

 

Leasjdake News

 with Helen Harrison

SpringtimeBev Northeast

Easter Services at St. Paul's Leaskdale Church are as follows:
April 2, Maundy Thursday: A Day of Prayer from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Communion at 8 p.m.
April 3, Good Friday: Services at 9 and 11 a.m.
April 5, Easter Sunday: Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. with Potluck Breakfast to follow. Services at 9 and 11 a.m. with Communion.
Men's Breakfast will be on Sat., April 4 at 8:30 a.m. All men are invited for a bountiful breakfast and fellowship.
The Spring Seniors' Luncheon will be on Sat., April 11 at noon. Come for a hot meal followed by entertainment and door prizes. There is no charge, but please let the committee know you are coming by April 2. Call the church, (905)852-5921 or Lorie Winter, (905)852-6940.
Our sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Shane Caven, who passed away on March 16 following a lengthy illness.
We are sorry to hear of the death of Noreen Hingston (James) who passed away last Friday. Our sympathy goes to her family'
Ladies Day-Real Life, Real Women, will take place at St. Paul's Leaskdale on Sat., April. 25, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The day will feature, High Tea, a variety of Workshops, and Guest Speaker, Denise MacNab., Register on line www.stpaulsleaskdale.com Cost for the day is $25.
If you have any news you would like to appear in this column, please call (905)852-6626 or e-mail go2harrison@gmail.com
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Uxbridge Baseball turning Grizzly

The Uxbridge Youth Baseball Association (UYBA), formerly known as the Uxbridge A's, has unveiled a new name and new logo just in time for the 2015 baseball season. Welcome the Uxbridge Grizzlies!
“Uxbridge Baseball continues to grow. Our new name and unique logo serves to unify our league” says league president, Drew Spencer.
In addition to a new name, The Uxbridge Grizzlies is proud to offer online registration at www.uyba.ca which is a new service for 2015. The Grizzlies will also be hosting a registration table at Canadian Tire Uxbridge on Sunday, March 29 (the last chance for early bird pricing), and on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., where all registered players will receive a Canadian Tire coupon for use towards the purchase of any new baseball equipment.
The Uxbridge Grizzlies will begin its 2015 season on the weekend of May 30 - 31, with its opening ceremonies. For many years, Uxbridge baseball has been a place for families to come together in a safe, fun and healthy setting for boys and girls. Baseball provides a unique opportunity for area children to learn the values of teamwork, sportsmanship and dedication while being a part of a fun and rewarding environment at one of the local baseball diamonds.
Uxbridge Youth Baseball has always relied on the dedication of its volunteers and sponsors and, for years, these dedicated volunteers have provided a great sporting and community experience for players, parents and the community. Any adults interested in volunteering, or to register a child, visit www.uyba.ca
For more information on the newly named Uxbridge Grizzlies, contact www.UYBA.ca or email Drew Spencer at uybapresident@gmail.com.



Bird Box Buddies Wanted

Six years ago, the local scouts group along with the Evergreen Society, and the Uxbridge Birders put the first bird boxes in the Preserve. Since then, almost 45 Countryside Preserve bird boxes have been available for our feathered friends to use. Tree swallows, house wrens, chickadees, the occasional Eastern bluebird and Eastern Screech owl have been using the boxes as a place to raise their young or seek shelter. Each winter field mice, flying squirrels and grey squirrels also use the boxes. The boxes help to replace natural cavities in dead trees, which we tend to destroy as we tidy up our green spaces.
The boxes, however, are not perfect habitat and require maintenance. Some animals, like house wrens, squirrels and mice, like to stuff the box with sticks and fluff so that is so full nothing else can use it. Wasps, blow flies, and other insects can make the box less attractive too, as well as the remains and mess from past users. In nature a squirrel will clean out a hole or a wood pecker will widen a hole for its use and this happens to bird boxes too. Eventually they need replacing or are abandoned.
Bluebirds and tree swallows were our chosen birds for the bird boxes. Eastern Bluebirds were once in trouble as a result of agriculture practises, and bird boxes historically have helped their comeback across North America. Tree swallows, like many birds that eat insects, have shown rapid declines in their populations over the past 20 years. Both birds like human boxes to nest in but they also need habitat.
Bluebirds and Tree Swallows like grasslands, and the more open fields we keep in the Preserve the better off they will be. Unfortunately, the Preserve is filling in with shrubs and trees as non-native and invasive plants including Scot Pine, Buckthorn, and Dog Strangling vine reproduce and the succession process towards a forest accelerates. This is not good for grassland birds.
The number of bird boxes in the Preserve has been reduced to 25, reflecting this habitat change and the lack of success of the target species. Last year, 15 boxes were occupied by tree swallows, two by bluebirds, one chickadee and seven by house wrens. All tree swallows successfully fledged one bluebird nest, one chickadee nest and an unknown number of wrens.
Maintenance and monitoring are time consuming but educational as you learn about the lives of cavity nesters and the forces of nature that affect them. If you would like to adopt a box and learn more about the birds in the Countryside Preserve contact Derek Connelly at northdurhamnature@powergate.ca
Derek is the president of North Durham Nature (www.northdurhamnature.com)
and a volunteer Trail Captain for the Countryside Preserve.


A perplexing murder
mystery on Soldier Island

Ten people are invited from all over England to a party on a tiny island off the coast of Devon. When they arrive, however, their hosts are nowhere to be seen. And then, one by one, they begin to die in horrible ways. Will they succeed in finding the murderer before the last of them is dead?
This is the premise of one of Agatha Christie's classic mystery tales, And Then There Were None, being brought to the stage next week by OnStage Uxbridge as its last production of the current season. The same people who brought you The Mousetrap last spring - director Samantha Smilovic, producer Conrad Boyce and stage manager Pam Barber - are thrilled to once again provide Uxbridge audiences with a chilling night in the Uxbridge Music Hall.
And Then There Were None was first published by Agatha Christie in November 1939, although it was originally under a different title. The story is based on an American entitled Ten Little Indians, and the last line of the song is “And then there were none.” It is this story, and not The Mousetrap, that is Ms Christie’s best-selling work.
A cast drawn from all over York and Durham Regions portrays a group of characters with distinctly unsavoury pasts, any one of whom could have cold-bloodedly dispatched his or her fellow guests. But which one - or is it someone else entirely, someone hiding somewhere on the island? You are invited to come and solve the mystery.
And Then There Were None runs April 2 - 4 and 8 - 11 at 8 p.m., with a matinee April 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 at The Little Acorn, 77 Brock St. West, or online at www.onstageuxbridge.com onstageuxbridge.com


Turn Off the lights for Earth Hour

by Nancy Melcher

Bahn-Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, has said, “Earth Hour is a way for citizens to send a clear message: they want action on climate change.”
It started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. The Australian World Wildlife chapter encouraged residents and businesses to turn off their lights for an hour to promote awareness about climate change. At that inaugural event, the WWF partnered with Fairfax Media, one of Australia's largest media companies. With the support of the Lord Mayor Clover Moore, the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge were darkened for an hour. More than 2.2 million individuals and 2,000 businesses participated.
A year later the idea had spread worldwide, with over 400 cities in 35 countries on all seven continents taking part. Monuments, normally lit up like birthday cakes, turned off all non-essential lighting. Toronto's CN Tower, the Colosseum in Rome, Table Top Mountain in South Africa, New York's Empire State building, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and other monuments and buildings in Sydney, London, Kuala Lumpur, Chicago, Jakarta, Trondheim, Tel Aviv, Stockholm, Fiji and Bangkok dimmed their lights in solidarity.
Earth Hour is now a global grassroots movement organized by the World Wildlife Fund. The one-hour event is a key driver to unite people to protect the planet. President Barak Obama said, “We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it.” Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson says, “Climate change is the human rights issue of our time.”
The annual event encourages individuals, businesses, households and communities to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time on the last Saturday of March. It's a convenient date near the Spring Equinox, when the sun sets at almost the same time in both hemispheres. Earth Hour has influenced legislation, technology like LED lights and hybrid vehicles, education, and resource utilization practices around the world.
Earth Hour 2015 has an added spin, with opportunities for crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. Started in 2014, Earth Hour Blue uses digital technology to enable participants to financially support initiatives, and to connect and add their voices to some of the biggest environmental campaigns around the world. More information is available at www.earthhour.org/celebrating-earth-hour.
This Saturday night, turn out all unnecessary lights. Make a commitment to use energy and resources wisely, to help make cities more sustainable, and to improve our awareness about the environment.
Participate! Use #YourPower to change Climate Change!

 



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