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Earth Hour 2014 in Pemberton

Photo by Dave Steers

Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Saturday from 8:30 - 9:30 PM Let's "Use Our Power"

Earth Day Flag

Earth Hour 2014 is coming this Saturday and as usual, we're really hoping to encourage as many people as possible to "use your power".

In that one hour, hundreds of millions of people will stop using electric power, making it the largest voluntary action for the environment.

In 2011, with 5,251 cities around the world taking part, the campaign reached 1.8 billion people. In that year, too, many famous landmarks decided to turn off their lights for that hour. Landmarks involved included the Forbidden City, Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, Golden Gate Bridge, Table Mountain, Christ the Redeemer statue and Sydney Opera House.

World Wildlife Fund and Andy Ridley

Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 by a man named Andy Ridley who has since grown this into a worldwide movement supported by the World Wildlife Fund involving over 7,000 cities and spanning all 7 continents. Reaching millions of people around the world and effecting positive change.

We Have the Power

Events like Earth Hour are important for communities like Pemberton, which are small, but full of vibrant people who sincerely believe in the idea that, as Margaret Mead famously put it,

"never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Pemberton Rules

Each year for several years now, the Sea-to-Sky corridor has held a friendly wager of sorts to see which community can reduce its power the most.

In 2009, Pemberton was the reigning champion, and in 2012, Pemberton was actually second in all of British Columbia in power reduction with an impressive 12.1% reduction. That year, Whistler came in fourth provincially, with Squamish coming in at 49th place.

Still, for 2014, all bets are off. Last year, in 2013, Whistler came in 12th provincially and Pemberton was close behind at 14th place.

We don't want to mention 2011...when our energy usage actually went up during Earth Hour by 1.1%. 

Lets' all do our part this year: Turn off non-essential lighting, light candles, invite friends over to help celebrate. Encourage local businesses to turn all non-essential power off, too. 

It's all in fun, but that one hour of coming together for a common and positive goal can have huge and lasting effects on our community. It's definitely something many of us can feel good about getting behind.

So "use your power" from 8:30 to 9:30 PM on Saturday March 29th.