For Immediate Release:
March 7, 2017
A CHALLENGE TO MONROE COUNTY
Have you noticed that communities across the country face increasingly extreme weather, from heat waves and wildfires to coastal storms and flooding? As climate change worsens, dangerous weather events become more frequent and severe. Pokral states, “Don’t forget how much we depend on the planet for so many things like food, fuel, water and fresh air and that the actions we take—from the energy we use to the products we buy, to how we handle our waste—have an effect on the world. Earth Hour is our chance to make and show our commitment to protect our planet not just for one hour a year, but every day.” She says, “As a resident of Monroe County, I am turning out my lights and the District will do so as well.” Here's how: 1. Turn off all non-essential lights in and around your residence 2. Request that all non-essential lights in and around our government buildings be turned off 3. Tell your neighbors and encourage businesses in your community to join in.
Pokral explains, “When people change the type of lights they use in their house, they reduce carbon emissions and changing frequently used lights to LEDs versus CFLs also saves you money. LEDs are now more energy efficient and earth friendly than CFLs and LEDS do not contain mercury. However, both should be recycled. WWF reports that Earth Hour continues to be the largest demonstration of public concern about climate change in history. Climate change jeopardizes fifty years of conservation successes and it jeopardizes every ecosystem. Daily activities such as reducing waste by being careful of what you purchase, using organic alternatives to household hazardous waste, reusing as much as possible to keep items out of the landfill, and recycling, all are actions that change the world. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that municipal solid waste landfills are the largest source of human related methane emissions in the U.S. contributing to smog and climate change and is more harmful than carbon dioxide emissions.
Earth Hour is a call to action to increase awareness about environmental challenges such as climate change and to demonstrate that people from all over the world care and are taking action in their daily lives. Monroe County residents can also take action for the earth by picking up the District’s comprehensive booklet—the “GoGreen” Guide available in Green bins at any of the District’s four Rural Recycling Centers and the South Walnut Recycling Center. The GoGreen Guide tells you what can be recycled at all District Recycling Centers-- what can be brought to the Household Hazardous Materials Facility at the South Walnut Recycling Center and at Rural Recycling Centers. Simple actions create our world and recycling is one of the easiest ways to reduce climate change. One single action represents the start of your personal journey of commitment to a more sustainable earth.
Earth Hour has grown to engage more than 172 countries worldwide that switch off their lights. On March 25, hundreds of millions of people in cities around the world from Las Vegas to New Delhi, will be turning off their lights for one hour. Monroe County, let’s get into the act!
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