Lights will go out all over the world during Earth Hour on Saturday as communities on six continents act together in solidarity to raise awareness about climate change.
Elizabeth May, the first MP to be elected for the Green Party of Canada, will be in Courtenay for Earth Hour on March 28. She will be leading an Earth Hour promenade in the company of Glenn Sollitt, Green Party candidate for Courtenay-Alberni electoral district, and everyone is invited to join in – families welcome!
Many of us have seen the maps of electrical illumination – collectively these lights are visible from outer space. During Earth Hour, people turn off the electricity in our homes, businesses, villages, towns and cities. So many people now participate in Earth Hour that effect is visible from satellite images.
In Courtenay, walkers will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Rexall parking lot at the corner of Cliffe and the 17th St. Bridge. They will head east across the bridge and proceed along Comox Road to 5 St. After crossing the 5th St. Bridge to Cliffe Ave. everyone will return to the 17 St. parking lot. Some participants may prefer to join only part of the route.
This is a community event and children are welcome. If the weather is poor and there are many youngsters, we will probably begin a bit early. Volunteer Marshalls will ensure a protective corridor. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Good shoes and a water bottle are recommended, along with reflective clothing if you have it. Participants may wish to carry a candle, lantern, flashlight or LED light. No alcohol or drugs are permitted.
Sue Moen, Green Party CEO of the North Island-Powell River electoral district will also participate. The Comox Valley is now divided into two federal ridings but we are joined by our affection for the beauty of this Valley and the desire to have a healthy and economically sustainable lifestyle.
On March 28 at 8:30 pm local time, people in more than 162 countries in 24 time zones will be united as a global community, making our voices heard through the individual action of turning off the lights. For additional details visit www.earthhour.org