Earth Hour ac­tiv­i­ties planned in Sackville

Sackville Tribune - - COMMUNITY -

The out­reach com­mit­tees of Sackville United and St. An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian Churches are look­ing for­ward to host­ing Earth Hour, which is sched­uled for Satur­day, March 31.

Earth Hour, which is or­ga­nized by the World Wildlife Fund, had its birth in Syd­ney, Australia, when in 2007, 2.2 mil­lion in­di­vid­u­als and more than 2,000 busi­nesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against cli­mate change.

It showed that ev­ery­one, no mat­ter one’s age or oc­cu­pa­tion, has the power to change the world we live in.

In 2008, there was an ap­petite to ex­pand the move­ment be­yond Australia’s borders, and it wasn’t long be­fore 35 coun­tries and al­most 400 towns and cities joined in.

With the in­vi­ta­tion to ‘ switch off ’ ex­tended to ev­ery­one, Earth Hour quickly be­came an an­nual global event.

Earth Hour has done a lot to raise aware­ness about cli­mate change is­sues. But there’s more to it than switch­ing off lights for one hour once a year.

It’s about giv­ing peo­ple a voice and work­ing to­gether to cre­ate a bet­ter fu­ture for the planet.

It has ush­ered in a new era with par­tic­i­pants go­ing be­yond the hour to com­mit to last­ing ac­tion.

Any­one in­ter­ested in be­ing a part of Earth Hour is in­vited to Sackville United Church on March 31 at 7:30 pm.

For the first hour, peo­ple will be treated to a wide se­lec­tion of re­fresh­ments, games and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

Then at 8:30, lights go out and the fun con­tin­ues in can­dle­light.

The event’s or­ga­niz­ers wel­come all ages and en­cour­age at­ten­dees to bring along their favourite board game to share with oth­ers.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call 536-3749.

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