By Susan Eickmeier
Are you participating in Earth Hour? The Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club is!
Earth Hour will be taking place this year on March 27 at 8:30 p.m. It’s expected that hundreds of millions of people across the globe will turn off their lights and stop using electricity of any kind as a form of solidarity towards climate change.
The CN tower, which some lucky Cricket Club residents may be able to see right from their homes, will also be participating in Earth Hour by dimming its exterior lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. In 2008, over 50 million people in 35 countries participated. In 2009, Earth Hour dominated 88 countries, 4000 cities and saw hundreds of millions of people participate in the largest global climate change initiative ever.
Earth Hour doesn’t require any donations. All one has to do to participate is shut off all of their lights and energy-using appliances (and that means the television too!). Many choose to listen to a battery-operated radio or go on their charged laptops to hear or read about what’s going on in the rest of the world for the hour.
The Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club that sits just on the edge of the Cricket Club neighbourhood has already pledged to not only participate in Earth Hour but to cut their energy use.
Previously, the Club had its 20,000 watt lighting system on for 24 hours a day, despite the fact that the Club is not always in use. Now, the Club has granted its members access to the lighting controls over all six of its ice surfaces for when off-hours curlers want to use the ice. That way, the Club lights are only on when they need to be, saving energy and saving the Club around $2,000 in electricity costs per year. The Club has also guaranteed through its policies that all of their decisions will be made with environmental, social and economic considerations in mind.
Earth hour can also create an opportunity to try out some fun activities, such as having a candle-lit pow-wow in the living room, flashlight scavenger hunts for recyclables, telling scary stories, or going for a walk through the Cricket Club and getting a chance to see all of the constellations in the sky that normally aren’t visible due to the bright city lights.
Let’s see if we can get the whole Cricket Club to go dark for one hour!
Susan Eickmeier is a Sales Representative with Royal LePage R.E.S. Ltd/Johnston & Daniel Division working in the Central Toronto market. Susan is also a regular contributor to the Muddy York Blog. Susan’s website is located at www.susaneickmeier.com