Turn it Off Wednesday May 16th

Refrain from using the toaster AND the microwave tomorrow at the same time, not only will you save power but you’ll avoid tripping a breaker (as it turns out).

As a part of our Province’s pledge to 30 Days of Sustainability, Wednesday May 16th has been dedicated to “Turn it Off”.

…we’re asking British Columbians to join global leaders like Paris and Sydney in using designated “lights out” times as a way of bringing attention to energy use. Let’s show the world that British Columbians stand behind our commitment to sustainability – by turning off our lights and other electrical devices on the evening of Wednesday, May 16th. [30Days]

I'm turning off on May 16 - you can too!

According to the Now Newspaper, “…in addition to individual efforts, landmarks such as the legislature, Lion’s Gate Bridge and the PNE will have their lights off and restaurants around the Lower Mainland will hold candlelight dinners to conserve energy.”

I can just see it now, people freaking out because lights are out on the Lions Gate – ya know I bet the park would be an interesting place in nothing but darkness… but I digress.

The momentum seems to be building though, including a Facebook group started by Rob Cottingham in support of the eco-friendly day which is bursting at the seems with over 700 new members.

Do your part, fire up the BBQ and eat on the patio with lanterns a’ blaring. Unless of course you live in a building like mine and you’re not allowed to grill outside, then… how about some making sushi by candlelight?

Click here for more info on participating municipalities, businesses and restaurants and get ready to unplug.

2 Comments so far

  1. Carol Browne (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 7:16 am

    Okay, I just joined the facebook group. But I have to say I panicked a tiny bit thinking about not using a computer for a whole day. I read the information and am relieved. I can still surf the net, I just need to turn off the lights in the other room before I do it. Also, the Lionsgate Bridge without lights? Spooky.

  2. bcneocon (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 5:00 am

    pfft, i’ll use power whenever i feel like it

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