City and Science East partner for Countdown to Earth Hour event

Fredericton will join with the rest of the world this Earth Hour in promoting awareness about climate change, as well as the importance of nature and a healthy planet.

Activities kick off with the “Countdown to Earth Hour” event for families at Science East on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm.  The City of Fredericton is partnering with Science East to present the event, which is free with the purchase of general admission to the centre.

Visitors can take in shows in Science East’s portable planetarium to view the night sky and explore light pollution. Energy and conservation exhibits will also be highlighted throughout the centre.  Partner organizations will provide hands-on activities, live demonstrations and displays to raise awareness about a variety of environmental issues and solutions.

A portion of the admission proceeds will be donated to the Atlantic Wildlife Institute, the region’s leading wildlife response service, providing wildlife rehabilitation, education and emergency management services.

The City will be turning off lights at its facilities from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on March 30, 2019.  During that one-hour period, non-essential interior and exterior lights will be turned off at City Hall, York Fire Station, the Police Station, and the Fredericton Public Library.  Non-essential exterior lights will also be turned off at City depots, Willie O’Ree Place and Grant-Harvey Centre. Areas that require lighting for safety reasons will not be affected.

Businesses are encouraged to participate in Earth Hour by turning off a much external and internal lighting as possible, while still operating safely.  Residents are encouraged to turn off all non-essential lights and electronic appliances.

To find out more about the City’s environmental leadership initiative, visit www.fredericton.ca/EnvironmentalLeadership.*  To find out more about Science East, visit www.scienceeast.nb.ca. To learn more about Earth Hour and its impact, visit: https://www.earthhour.org/what-is-earth-hour. #EarthHour #Connect2Earth

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“Countdown to Earth Hour promises to be a fun, inspiring opportunity for families to gear up for the Earth Hour lights-out challenge,” said Coun. Stephen Chase, Chair of the City’s Public Safety & Environment Committee.  “As in past years, the City of Fredericton is pleased to turn out non-essential interior and exterior lighting at our facilities. We encourage businesses and residents to do the same.”

“Earth Hour is a great way to learn more about energy habits, so we can have a positive effect throughout the year,” said Becky Geneau, Director of Programs at Science East.  “With this year’s focus on nature and a healthy planet, we are so pleased to support the Atlantic Wildlife Institute and their recovery efforts for rescued wildlife.”