Switch off for Earth Hour

Towns in the Elk Valley will be taking part in Earth Hour this weekend, by switching off lights in the communities.

Towns in the Elk Valley will be taking part in Earth Hour this weekend, by switching off lights in the communities.

The District of Sparwood will be turning off non-essential lighting in their buildings and offices, and unplugging their computers and other electronics. The LED lights on Aspen Drive will also be switched off as well as the accent lights on the trees bordering Red Cedar Drive and Aspen Drive and the lights on the Titan truck.

“We encourage everyone to participate in this year’s event and turn off your lights for Earth Hour,” said Mayor David Wilks.

The City of Fernie also confirmed they will be “powering down” in all the City’s facilities. The streetlights downtown will also be switched off. The City has contacted all the businesses in town asking them to take part.

The District of Elkford said they are also encouraging businesses to take part in Earth Hour.

“For Earth Hour, the District of Elkford has placed posters around town promoting our support and involvement in the event,” said Randi McDonald at the District of Elkford. “We currently plan to turn off all energy sources that we possibly can. Obviously, we will not be able to turn off any emergency lighting or any security systems.”

Earth Hour is from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday. People around the world will participate by turning off their lights for the hour. Last year’s Earth Hour was the biggest one yet since it started in Australia in 2007.