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April 21, 2008
First CAW Earth Hour event a success
Over 150 CAW members joined with local residents, high school students and teachers to celebrate Earth Hour at
the Union's Family Education Facility in Port Elgin, Ontario.  This was part of a global effort by citizens in hundreds of
cities around the world committed to turning of the lights in their homes and workplaces for one hour in recognition
of the role each of us can play in stopping climate change.

The CAW event, which corresponded with CAW Council, took place between 8pm and 9pm (local time) with the goal
of raising community awareness on environmental issues and to build support for a global labour solidarity
movement to stop climate change.

“We want to begin working with communities’ right across Canada in building Earth Hour as a more powerful
movement,” said CAW national representative Nick DeCarlo of the Health, Safety and Environment department.  
“The success of this year’s event shows that working together we can make this happen.”

The event featured guest speakers Kathy Austin, President of CAW Local 88, Mark Bartlett, President of the CAW Windsor Regional Environment Council and
Victoria Serda, Port Elgin town councilor and environmental activist.  Participants were also treated to the acoustic music of local artists Turner Bridge as well
as various CAW musicians.  All lights in the event hall were powered by a solar-charged battery pack.

Earth Hour, which began last year in Sydney, Australia, is a symbolic act showing that through collective will, stopping climate change is possible.

More than 150 Canadian municipalities from coast to coast turned off the lights on March 29 - including Vancouver, Windsor, Port Elgin, Ottawa, Montreal,
Calgary, Edmonton, Brandon, Fredericton, Halifax, New Glasgow, New Westminster and Yellowknife.

Source:  CAW NewsNow

Related:    March 25, 2008 - Earth Hour is on March 29, 2008 at 8:00 P.M. Local Time

Click here to read the CAW National Executive Board Statement on Earth Hour (Adopted on February 8, 2008)