TVDSB challenged to conserve energy for Earth Hour
Thursday, March 29, 2012 – Students and staff across the Thames Valley school district will be taking the Earth Hour challenge on Friday and powering off for the planet between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Earth Hour is an annual reminder to people around the globe that the way we use our natural resources has a direct effect on the planet, says Christine Holmes, TVDSB Learning Coordinator who oversees environmental initiatives.
“Earth Hour reminds us that we need to be more energy conscious,” says Holmes. “By working together, we’re helping to build a global awareness that we’re collectively responsible for the state of the environment.”
Although Earth Hour officially takes place at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, schools will observe the event on Friday. Some Earth Hour activities include:
• Students at Woodstock’s Algonquin Public School have been campaigning to ban disposable water bottles and have a special assembly planned Friday afternoon.
• Forest Park Public School students in St. Thomas will be engaging in a number of activities throughout the day.
• Orchard Park Public School in London and Springfield Public School in Elgin County will be turning off the lights between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
• Students at West Elgin Secondary School in West Lorne be turning off lights as well as participating in an Eco Challenge to clean up the school grounds.
Earth Hour kicks off a month of initiatives and activities across the system to raise consciousness about protecting the planet, particularly during Earth Week (April 16 -20) and TVDSB’s Paperless Week the following week.
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