On Saturday, March 31 at 8.30 p.m., BCIT will join millions of individuals and organizations around the world in supporting Earth Hour. This is the third consecutive year BCIT has officially participated in the event.
Earth Hour, a World Wildlife Fund event, started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off as a visible symbol in the fight against climate change. In 2011, Earth Hour saw hundreds of millions of people across 135 countries switch off for an hour. And this year it’s hoped Earth Hour will be bigger than ever.
While BCIT has registered as a participating organization, we need the help of all staff, faculty, and students to really make an impact. We’ve had a lot of practice in turning out our lights recently, from powering down over the holidays to combatting wasted light across our campuses with the Light Savers campaign. Let’s build on our successes by supporting Earth Hour!
When you leave your office, lab, or classroom on Friday, March 30, turn off the lights and unplug unnecessary equipment.
Finally, pledge to take part in Earth Hour at home. Have a candlelit dinner (prepared with energy-efficient methods, of course!) or take part in one of the many community celebrations taking place across the province. You’ll find some great suggestions for Earth Hour activities here.
For more information on sustainability at BCIT, please visit bcit.ca/sustainability.