By Steven Smeall
CORNWALL, Ontario – At 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is encouraging people all around the world to turn off their non-essential lights to show their commitment to the planet.
© Steven Smeall
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice located on Second Street is one of the many government buildings participating in Earth Hour.
The WWF is hoping that Earth Hour will bring communities and individuals together to consider the challenges of maintaining a sustainable world.
Local artist and environment savvy Jacqueline Milner thinks that it’s a great time for the residents of Cornwall to get involved.
“Earth Hour is a great opportunity to think about the precious living earth that supports each and every one of us,” said Milner. “An opportunity to reflect on the changes each one of us can incorporate into our day to day to support our environment, and to support the earth we will leave to our future generations.”
It is also stressed that those who do participate only turn off lights that are non-essential to them. There is concern that participants may injure themselves if all lights are shut down.
The first Earth Hour event took place in Sydney, Australia on March 31, 2007. Since then the event had continued to take place on the last Saturday of every March.
While the event is the most well-known event of the campaign, the WWF is also requesting donations from anyone participating.
For more information on Earth Hour or to make a donation to the cause, go to www.earthhour.org