Nova Scotians are encouraged to unite with people around the globe during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Earth Hour is held annually to encourage people and businesses to reduce energy consumption for one hour and help create lasting, behaviour-changes to help sustain the planet.
People and business owners can raise awareness and take action against climate change by turning off non-essential lights for one hour.
"Nova Scotians know how costly climate change can be to homes, businesses and lives," said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. "By taking action together, we demonstrate, in a very real way, our commitment to reduce our negative impact on the environment."
"Electricity rates are top of mind for Nova Scotians," said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. "The best way to save is to reduce our energy use. This, coupled with government's plan to ensure the lowest, fairest rates, will save Nova Scotians money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment."
Nova Scotians are taking national and international leadership in reducing greenhouse gases, and encouraging more local food and energy production. Whether it is through the first hard caps in North America, the recently passed legislation to encourage more local food consumption, or the innovative COMFIT program, Nova Scotians are leaders in reducing emissions and conserving energy.
For helpful tips on reducing energy consumption visit www.efficiencyns.ca or call 1-877-999-6035.
More information about Earth Hour can be found at www.earthhour.org .