NEAT to host Earth Hour 5K Run/Walk this Saturday


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Throughout the province, lights will be turned off and electronics will be powered down on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. during Earth Hour 2016. But there are more ways people, especially in the Peace Region, will be observing Earth Hour.NEAT will be hosting Earth Hour 5K Run/Walk events in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek this year, during Earth Hour.On March 19, participants can gather at Northern Lights College — at both campuses in each respective city — to start the trek. Tickets are $25 for non-members, $20 for members, and free for children 12 and under.- Advertisement -The pet-friendly event also allows for dogs to come along on the walk, so long as pets are on a leash.For more information, and to buy tickets, click here for Dawson Creek, and here for Fort St. John.Earth Hour is a global event encouraging people to conserve energy by turning off lights and electronics to show their support for climate change action.Advertisement Last year’s Earth Hour resulted in 15 megawatt hours of electricity saved, reducing the overall provincial electricity load by 0.2 per cent – the equivalent of turning off almost 680,000 LED light bulbs.The event started in Sydney, Australia almost 10 years ago. The World Wildlife Fund spearheaded the initiative to raise awareness about the effects of climate change.Today, Earth Hour engages over 7,000 cities worldwide and continues to be recognized as a leader in uniting people all over the globe to combat climate change.last_img

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