You may already be aware, but tomorrow (March 29), people are turning off their lights. Why? For Earth Hour. The initiative first occurred in Sydney, Australia last year. This year, Earth Hour has gone global – join in and turn off your lights and your electronics for an hour between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. (your local time).
Petro-Canada office buildings are going dark and employees have been encouraged to follow suit at home, but we’ve decided to leave the lights on at gas stations for safety and security reasons.
The Sydney event last year had the effect of taking 48,000 cars off the road for an hour (That little information tidbit comes from Ideal Bite, one of the many sources promoting Earth Hour. Check out Ideal Bite’s daily enviro tips and related blog.)
Some recent Petro-Canada estimates (used in the creation of a green IT strategy) have suggested that by simply turning off all company computers at the end of each working day is equivalent to taking 500 cars off the road…each year.
So while this post isn’t strictly related to the fuel efficiency focus of our blog, I thought I’d let you know about it anyway. Visit the Earth Hour website for more info and to pledge your support.
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