New Glasgow prepares to take part in Earth Hour

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The Town of New Glasgow in partnership with the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library will mark Earth Hour on March 29 with a free music and movie night in the Community Room of the New Glasgow Library.

Lights at Town of New Glasgow-owned facilities will be also turned off or dimmed at 8:30 p.m. in support of Earth Hour.

“New Glasgow has been a long-standing supporter of the global Earth Hour initiative as part of our council’s commitment to environmental stewardship,” says New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan. “This campaign builds awareness and also takes action whereby every individual, business, group or community may contribute. It also connects us as a part of something bigger as a global community.”

The music and movie evening will begin with a performance from New Glasgow folk singer and past ECMA nominee Jim Dorie.

The music will be followed by a screening of Turning A Green Leaf, whichfollows the McMillin family of Halifax during a two-month period as they attempt to reduce their food carbon footprint but without changing their diets, giving up their favourite foods, or spending more money. The McMillin family learn where their food comes from by shopping at the Halifax Farmers Market and visiting several farms in the Annapolis Valley. They receive tips from the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax about how to calculate their food miles and are pleasantly surprised to learn that they are able to reduce their food carbon footprint by two thirds.

Turning A Green Leaftaps into the surging interest among consumers towards buying locally produced food and demonstrates that you don't need to spend a fortune, radically change your diet, or give up your favourite foods to significantly help out the environment.

The local Earth Hour event starts at 7 p.m. and the screening of Turning A Green Leaf will begin at approximately 7:35 p.m.

"Earth Hour Celebration is a very important and significant event for our community and the New Glasgow Farmers Market,” says Fleur Mainville, manager of the New Glasgow Farmers Market. “Earth Hour is an example of how such a small and simple celebration can have a huge positive effect on our environment. Just as Margaret Mead, an American cultural anthropologist, said: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

New Glasgow Recreation is also supporting a ParticipACTION initiative called Unplug and Play Week, March 24-30, that supports the goals of Earth Hour. Recreation New Glasgow is endorsing the national campaign to help bring back play – real play.

“We want to encourage and promote turning the time kids are spending on virtual, digital play, back into genuine, physical, active play,” says Norma MacLeod, recreation manager for the Town of New Glasgow.

Starting March 24, for one week, families are being asked by ParticipACTION to take a pledge: put down the computer games, turn off the television, and turn that time into time to get outside and play. New Glasgow Recreation will share great play resources and suggestions from ParticipACTION for what kids can do with all their new-found time to play!

Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative in partnership with WWF.

Organizations: Ecology Action Centre, WWF

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Halifax, Annapolis Valley

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