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Grand Erie Going Dark for Earth Hour

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 23, 2022

On Saturday, March 26, at 8:30 p.m., Grand Erie will join millions of people across the globe in switching off the lights in our schools, offices and homes for one hour as part of Earth Hour, the largest grassroots movement for the environment. By taking part in this global “lights out” event, we will be acknowledging our commitment to #Connect2Earth this Earth Hour.

Earth Hour began as a single-city initiative in Sydney, Australia, back in 2007 and has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people from more than 7,000 cities and towns in more than 188 countries and territories. Today, Earth Hour aims to increase awareness and spark global conversations on protecting nature, tackling the climate crisis, and working together to shape a brighter future for everyone. 

Schools in Grand Erie are encouraged to set an example for their communities and lead into Earth Hour on Friday, March 25, by engaging in various activities including:

  • Discussing the human impact on our environment, and the importance of nature 
  • Understanding the importance of a healthy environment and its impact on our health and well-being 
  • Taking action by turning off lights and electronics for a one-hour period at school 
  • Discuss where and how electricity is used, and the importance of conservation

Facility Services staff will turn off all non-essential lights in our schools and board sites at 8.30 p.m. to mark Earth Hour. In addition, we would like to encourage everyone to participate by turning off your lights at home during the event. Share the moment with family and friends, and consider how you can reduce your ecological footprint with commitments that benefit the planet beyond the hour.

We are an Eco-School

Did you know our school is an eco-school? Well we are, and that means that our school is making efforts every day to stay green. Some of the things our energy efficiency group is doing include implementing eco-friendly browsers, starting lights out lunches every Monday and Friday, creating signs for lights and monitors, and adding important information to our school website about being eco-friendly. We're also having a fun sweater day where we’re lowering the temperature of the school by two degrees and we will all wear sweaters. We’re also adding Ecosia to all our browsers. Ecosia is a company that plants a tree for every forty-five searches on the internet. Students are also making fifteen signs and posting them around the school, to remind people to turn off lights and monitors. Sweater day will be held on the 29th of November, and the 16th and 17th of December. Remember to check the school website for more cool information about how we are going eco-friendly, and the steps to become a platinum school, and to watch a video about implementing eco-friendly habits. Always remember to stay green!

From,

The Energy Efficiency Team of École Confédération