Posted on March 24, 2011 by Tia Lalani

Join us during Earth Hour for a People Powered Party, 5 live bands, and a campfire.

Earth Hour, a global movement and call for action on Climate Change, will take place this year on Saturday, March 26 from 8:30-9:30pm.

Earth Hour is a time to recognize how our actions affect our planet. It is a time to CHOOSE to become more mindful of our energy consumption, not just for this one hour, but in our daily lives. An Earth Hour celebration is a way to come together and celebrate community, while rejoicing in the fact that people can do amazing things when they come together to tackle issues of all sorts, be they environmental, social, economic, or other.

If you are unable to join us, consider celebrating in your own way by shutting off all your lights and non-essential appliances, such as your TV, from 8:30-9:30pm on Saturday, March 26.

The First Year residences have taken the challenge and their lighting will go to nighttime mode at 8:30pm sharp (meaning all non-essential lighting will be extinguished). The Facilities and Operations department have also made huge efforts to assist in this manner. With volunteers, they will try to extinguish as many indoor and outdoor lights as possible for Earth Hour (taking safety into consideration and respecting other events that were previously booked).

It would be wonderful if all non-essential lighting in the Forum, Dorms, Founders Hall, Auxiliary and Classroom Buildings could be out during Earth Hour (and/or the majority of the weekend). If you live on campus, please help us achieve this goal by turning your lights out from 8:30-9:30pm on Saturday! We recognize that the Faith & Life and Theatre buildings will remain lit throughout the evening of March 27 due to other events.

For more information visit U of A Augustana’s Sustainability website!

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