March 29th – Earth Hour
Earth Hour is organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). With almost 5 million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries/territories, it’s one of the worlds largest and most respected independent conservation organisations. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth’s
Green Matters and the City of Fredericton have been proud supporters of Earth Hour since 2008, demonstrating their on-going commitment to the environment, through this important climate change awareness initiative.
On March 29th the City’s Green Matters Program and The Regent Mall have partnered to promote a city wide lights out event. From 11:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Science East and The Royals Astronomical Society of Canada’s New Brunswick Centre will be on hand to offer a look into dark skies, light pollution and planetarium tours. Discover the wonders of space with the Science East Planetarium. The portable Planetarium, is an inflatable dome (wheelchair accessible) that gives the viewer an unforgettable trip though space. This is a free event.
Also, we are asking businesses and residents to show their support for action on climate change, by turning their lights off from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29th,” Businesses are asked to turn off all external lighting, including signs, and as many lights internally as safely possible for the hour. Residents are encouraged to not only turn off all non-essential lights but go a little further by turning off all electronic appliances for the hour. We encourage city residents, council, businesses to Follow us on TWITTER @GreenShopsFton , let us know what you are doing by using #earthhourfredericton and let’s make the skies of Fredericton dark!
Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day has been celebrated ever since on April 22, and the first Canadian Earth Day was held on Thursday, September 11, 1980. More than a billion people participate in activities in thousands of communities around the world in a celebration designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment.
We will be celebrating Earth Day on April 27 with #cleanupfred. This is the 3rd annual Clean up and we are challenging city businesses, and residents to #cleanupfred! Details to be announced soon!
Bike to Work Week is May 26 – 30
Commuter Challenge Week
Commuter Challenge is a week-long event during Canadian Environment Week (June 1–7, 2014)
It is a friendly competition between Canadian cities and workplaces; it encourages Canadians to leave their cars at home. It is nationally hosted online by Sustainable Alberta Association. The program rewards walking, cycling, carpooling/ride-sharing, taking transit and telecommuting, it celebrates active and sustainable transportation and we came in 4th for a city our size last year. This year’s goal is to be first!!
June 1 – 7 will bring a week full of events to recognize Canadian Environment Week is a time for grassroots action to help preserve, protect and restore our environment. This annual event provides us all with an opportunity to celebrate the progress that has been made but also to encourage further efforts all year long. More details to come.