Skaneateles Celebrates Earth Hour 2015
For the third year in a row, there will be a local celebration of the global phenomenon known as Earth Hour. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Skaneateles, the Skaneateles High School Environmental Club, and St. James Episcopal Church’s EarthWorks, the local event will take place on Saturday, March 28th, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at St. James Parish Hall, and features a presentation from Mark Coleman.
What is Earth Hour?
The first Earth Hour was held in March 2007 in Sydney, Australia, with more than 2 million individuals and 2,000 businesses showing support for action on climate change by turning off their lights for the designated hour. By 2014, global participation had grown to 162 countries and hundreds of millions of people! Whether or not you and your family are able to join the Earth Hour celebration in the Village this year, you can be a positive part of this global event by “powering down” all unnecessary energy use on March 28th from 8:30-9:30 PM.
Who is Mark Coleman?
Mr. Coleman is a recognized voice and business advisor – the president of Convergence, Mitigation, Management LLC, a Rochester-based consulting firm – on the convergence of sustainability, environmental stewardship, energy, technology, and innovation. As the author of two books on these subjects — The Sustainability Generation: The Politics of Change and Why Personal Accountability is Essential NOW! and his more recent release, Time to Trust: Mobilizing Humanity for a Sustainable Future — Mark has been inspiring audiences with his expertise, wit and wisdom.
After Mr. Coleman’s presentation at 7:00 p.m., there will be opportunity for discussion. The community will then adjourn to Thayer Park from 8:30-9:30 p.m., for the “lights out” part of Earth Hour 2015, during which participating homes and businesses in Skaneateles turn off their lights for an hour of symbolic solidarity with our shared planet. To keep spirits up, the Skaneateles High School Environmental Club will be providing complimentary hot chocolate to everyone who attends (bringing your own re-usable mug is encouraged).
I cannot attend the event. Can I still participate in Earth Hour?
Of course! All you need to do is turn off all your lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on March 28. Go outside and enjoy the night sky in your neighborhood.