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Thursday March 21st, 2013

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Earth Hour in Windsor in 2012

This Saturday, Windsor residents will once again be encouraged to turn out their lights at 8:30pm and join people around the world in marking Earth Hour.

Earth Hour was first held seven years ago, and since then has grown to include more than 7000 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories across all seven continents that took part in 2012.

Earth Hour is a global climate change initiative created to encourage people to take responsibility towards a sustainable future by turning their lights off. Some take part by lighting candles in their homes, while others have hosted large events or parties to celebrate Earth Hour.

The City of Windsor offers these five things that you can do to prepare for Earth Hour:

Replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. They use 75% less energy and last about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb.
Unplug chargers, clocks, lamps and nightlights.
Shut off your computer—even an idle computer uses energy.
Turn down the heat.
Turn off your lights.

To find out more information about Earth Hour and the different ways you can participate, please visit www.earthhour.org.

Detroit during Earth Hour 2012

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