NUPGE urges everyone to participate in Earth Hour on March 29

Join an international movement and raise awareness about global warming


Earth HourOttawa (25 Feb. 2008) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is pleased to join global Earth Hour observances planned in 24 cities around the globe on March 29. It is the second year that the event has been held.

Everyone is invited to participate in personal activities to raise awareness of global warming between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. (local time) on that day.

Earth Hour began last year in Sydney, Australia, when more than two million citizens switched off lights and took other energy saving steps in a personal gesture of concern for the planet. The result was a 10.2% saving in energy.

This year Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver will be among participating cities. Some 10,000 Canadians have already registered as participants for Earth Hour 2008. Register here.

The event demonstrates that, when citizens unite, small actions can make a difference on a global scale. Individual actions on a mass scale do help change the planet for the better.

This is why NUPGE is urging as many people, households, communities and businesses as possible to take part.

To take action all year round, act on any three of the suggestions below and you'll make a difference. Do more and your impact will be even greater.

Here are 10 of the most effective ways to help conserve energy and improve our environment:
1. Reduce home energy use by 10%.
2. Choose an energy-efficient home and appliances.
3. Don't use pesticides.
4. Eat meat-free meals one day a week.
5. Buy locally grown and produced food.
6. Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle.
7. Walk, bike, carpool or take transit.
8. Choose a home close to work or school.
9. Support alternative transportation.
10. Learn more and share with others. NUPGE

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