TORONTO, April 15 /CNW/ - On Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 p.m. local time,
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) offices and staff from across Canada participated
in Earth Hour, a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) event designed to raise awareness
about climate change.
In addition to turning off the lights in the firm's offices across the
country PwC asked staff to do their part and participate in Earth Hour in
whatever way they could. Through an online poll PwC staff shared their Earth
Hour stories. When they turned off lights staff went for walks, runs, to
sleep, enjoyed dinner or played board games with loved ones and friends by
candlelight. Further interesting stories included:
"I attended a wedding. During the evening wedding reception, the bride
and groom asked for the lights to go out at 8:30 pm, and invited the guests to
eat dinner by candlelight, to show their support for Earth Hour!"
"A group of seven friends including myself arranged for a dinner party at
one person's house. Those traveling to the house turned off their lights at
home before leaving. At the dinner party at 8:30 we turned off the lights and
lit candles. I also carpooled with another friend to reduce carbon emissions."
"My family celebrated my mother's birthday. After a dinner out, we
returned to my mother's house and spent 'earth hour' celebrating the birthday
by candlelight. We had 12 adults and three children sharing stories and
conversation. We had such a great time we didn't want to turn on the lights at
the end of the hour."
"We turned all lights, televisions and computers off for the hour and sat
in candle light with our children. We took the time to explain to them that
this was the norm for our parents when they were young as they did not have
electricity and all the conveniences that we currently enjoy. Life was simpler
and more environmentally conscious."
"For all those who participated in Earth Hour - thank you!" says Chris
Clark, Canadian Senior Partner and CEO of PwC Canada. "Our participation in
Earth Hour is symbolic of our firm's overall commitment on issues relating to
the environment and the importance of it to our people."
Some of the actions PwC has already put in place under the Environmental
Action Plan include:
- establishing an Environment Network of local committees for PwC people
to get involved
- hosting an annual Green Week each spring
- completing a carbon footprint inventory
- implementing an environmental paper procurement and usage policy
- developing a PwC and the Environment intranet site for our people
For more information on PwC's environmental initiatives, visit PwC's
Going Green page. For more information about Earth Hour, please visit
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