Ontario residents take action: Global Day of Action on Climate Change

    OTTAWA, Dec. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - This Saturday is the Global Day of Action
on Climate Change. Can individuals really make a difference when it comes to
something as complicated and enormous as climate change? Project Porchlight
volunteers say yes! They've been taking action to actively reduce carbon
dioxide emissions and to promote energy conscious behaviours. By distributing
energy-efficient light bulbs to their friends and neighbours, they're sharing
the message that we can all make positive environmental choices.
    Project Porchlight is an award-winning energy efficiency campaign run by
the not-for-profit group One Change. Volunteers with Project Porchlight have
been distributing half a million energy-efficient light bulbs this fall to
households across Ontario. People who choose energy-efficient light bulbs know
that using resources wisely by making simple changes-like replacing their
old-fashioned light bulbs-can make a difference.
    "It's been said many times that we have the technology to stop climate
change," said Stuart Hickox, executive director of One Change. "Where there's
a will, there's a way-and the potential to move toward a more environmentally
friendly world not only exists, but could provide a viable new economy and
hope to many communities in Ontario. By promoting simple actions people can
take every day to increase energy efficiency, Project Porchlight and every
community member who changes a bulb is a part of the solution toward those
    The campaign helps community members reduce greenhouse gas emissions
while saving them money on their electricity bills. Once all 500,000 of the
energy-efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are in use, Ontario
residents will save $25 million on their electricity bills over the next five
years, while eliminating 250,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
    From cities and towns, young and old - Project Porchlight volunteers come
from all walks of life, with a variety of motives, but with the same end goal:
to make our planet a better place. Project Porchlight's web site features
stories from the field, including stories about real people who are taking
action on climate change:

    - Carl Steele, a student needing some community service hours, decided
      to get 20 hours done by taking 2,000 CFL bulbs and helping to light
      up the Galt section of Cambridge.

    - Port Perry Mayor Marilyn Pearce and Councillor Bobbie Drew took home
      103 CFL bulbs to distribute throughout their neighbourhoods.
      Mayor Pearce personally challenges all other mayors to help raise
      awareness of CFL bulbs and distribute the bulbs in their towns!

    - Club Green from Christ the King Secondary School in Halton Hills -
      despite pouring rain, the keen students delivered 1,500 CFL bulbs to
      families throughout the community.

    - Reverend Derek Shelly of Huntsville's Trinity United Church invited
      Project Porchlight to lunch and got his congregation to help
      distribute bulbs.

    - Drenna Strump and Anne Cook, both volunteers in Project Porchlight's
      Peterborough office, have spent countless hours packing CFLs into our
      reusable green bags for distribution in Peterborough and across

    - Liberal MP Paul Steckle is mobilizing volunteers to help deliver
      12,000 CFL bulbs in the Westario region.

    Currently many dignitaries, including 16 MPs and 8 MPPs, are helping to
distribute bulbs in their regions. The Project Porchlight campaign is wrapping
up at the end of December. Communities where the campaign is taking place are
listed below.
    In Ontario, Project Porchlight is working with the Ontario Power
Authority, the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and
various community partners and sponsors to spread this important message:
Everyone can conserve energy, save money, and help the environment at the same
time with simple, effective actions.

    About Project Porchlight

    Project Porchlight is a campaign of One Change, an award-winning
not-for-profit organization. The goal of Project Porchlight is to get every
household in Canada to change one old-fashioned, inefficient incandescent bulb
to an energy-efficient CFL bulb.

    List of Communities where Project Porchlight is holding events on
    December 8:

    North Bay

    List of Communities where Project Porchlight will be launching in

    Communities in the Westario Power Service Territory
    Elliott Lake
    Iroquois Falls
    Paris/Brant County
    Richmond Hill
    Sault Ste. Marie
    Temiskaming Shores
    Wasaga Beach

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview : Manon Crôteau,
Project Porchlight, 1-866-585-6359 x 218, (613) 263-0403, manon@onechange.org

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