Thousands of British Columbians are expected to participate in Earth Hour tomorrow. From 8:30 – 9:30 p.m., people across the globe will demonstrate their commitment to the earth by turning off lights and powering down electronics.
“Earth hour does make a difference, even just that one hour on a Saturday night,” says Bob Gammer, the Community Relations Manager for BC Hydro in Prince George. “We have seen consumption drop in some communities as much as 12%. Province-wide, about 1 – 2% on average.”
The Pine Centre Mall will turn off exterior and interior lights. Electronics in the main office will also be powered off. Tenants are being encouraged to do the same.
According to Marketing Director, Braydon Ouellet, the Pine Centre Mall is not just consumption conscious for one hour out of the year. “We just finished a complete retrofit interior. We have got new LED lights that just went up. We have also just finished changing all the parking lot poles to LED outside.”
The City says it will be turning off all non-essential outdoor and indoor lighting at City Hall. Emergency lights and security systems will be left on for safety purposes. It is also encouraging employees to mark Earth Hour by turning off office lights, ensuring that computers are shut down and all unnecessary electrical cords are unplugged.