Residents and businesses encouraged to reduce energy use every day of the year
On Saturday, March 24 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and community partners will celebrate Earth Hour by turning off non-essential lights and “powering down,” while encouraging local residents, visitors and businesses to do the same.
The annual Earth Hour event is an opportunity to reflect on opportunities to become more energy efficient at home and at work. Many residents are already benefiting from simple lifestyle changes that help the community achieve its energy reduction goals.
Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden is committed to working collaboratively to find creative climate change solutions: “The impacts of climate change are not distant, and municipal changes alone will not address the issue. We need to remember that the policies, services and incentives offered by any level of government are only part of the solution. The local business community and residents also need to take action, especially around reducing personal vehicle travel and energy waste.”
Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is one of the most significant actions we can take as a community to maintain our leadership role in solving the global climate crisis. The RMOW will continue to invest in public transit, active travel and building efficiency. In addition to promotional campaigns, the RMOW is making it easier for people to drive personal vehicles less by increasing the number of buses and service hours this year and improving the Valley Trail.
Energy conservation continues to be the foundation of the RMOW’s approach to climate responsibility. Whistler is committed to energy tracking and year-round energy conservation. Read more about Whistler’s energy performance and find energy saving tips for your home, transportation or business. To encourage residents to become more energy efficient at home, the RMOW is offering $250 towards a home energy assessment. Find out more details at www.whistler.ca/powerdown.
All actions make a difference and everyone has a role to play in protecting Whistler now and into the future. The winter mountain landscape is our greatest asset, and our culture and economy rely on a stable environment. The impacts of a changing climate, such as threat of wildfire, changes in snow conditions, and seasonal weather instability, could put Whistler’s economic engine at significant risk. Within the challenge of addressing climate change, there also lies opportunity – an opportunity for Whistler to increase resilience and advocate for climate action beyond the borders of our resort community. To learn more about Whistler’s Community Energy and Climate Action plan, please visit www.whistler.ca/climateaction.
About Earth Hour
Earth Hour was founded by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to draw attention to energy consumption and climate change. Earth Hour is an opportunity for communities to raise awareness about energy consumption and climate change, while taking steps to conserve energy. Earth Hour also provides a chance to celebrate making a commitment to our planet beyond the hour.
For more information about Earth Hour visit www.earthhour.org.