More Than 500 Schools Participating In Earth Hour

    McGuinty Government Encourages Students To Turn Out The Lights

    TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ -


    The lights will be turned off in more than 500 Ontario schools for one
hour on Friday March 28 to show support for protecting the environment.
    These schools registered their participation on the Earth Hour website
( and the Ministry of Education provided resources
to help them plan environmentally friendly activities. Earth Hour is a global
event coordinated by World Wildlife Fund ( to inspire
people to act on climate change.
    Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our planet. By
participating in Earth Hour, schools will reduce their environmental footprint
and raise student awareness.
    Ontario is also encouraging students to turn off the lights at home for
Earth Hour (March 29 from 8 to 9 p.m.) to show the need for action on climate
change. Raising awareness is part of the government's plan to address climate
change (


    "Practising energy conservation in schools reinforces what students are
learning in schools about conservation and environmental
( awareness,"
said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne
    "Earth hour isn't just about turning off the lights for 60 minutes. It's
about demonstrating what we can all do about climate change when we work
together. Let's send a message to the world that Ontarians are leading that
fight," said Minister of Environment John Gerretsen


    -   In Canada, more than 55,000 people have registered to participate in
        Earth Hour on March 29.

    -   Sydney, Australia reduced energy by 10.2 per cent during
        Earth Hour 2007.

    -   By March 2007, the Ontario government achieved a 12 per cent
        reduction in electricity use in government-owned buildings. The next
        reduction target is 20 per cent by 2012.


    Register to participate in Earth Hour (

    Read Ready, Set, Green!
    (, a
    school guide for environmental activities.

    See what schools
    ( are
    participating in Earth Hour.

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For further information:

For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public
Inquiries, (416) 325-2929, or 1-800-387-5514, TTY 1-800-263-2892

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