Niagara Falls to go Dark for Earth Hour 2013

Niagara Parks Commission and Illumination Board to “Switch off” Falls Illumination
for Earth Hour 2013

The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) in partnership with the Niagara Falls Illumination Board is pleased to once again announce its participation in the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) global Earth Hour initiative by switching off the evening Illumination of the Falls on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

According to NPC Chair Janice Thomson, “environmental stewardship over the lands we protect is an important hallmark of our organization and it is the reason why we are working closely with the Niagara Falls Illumination Board to be part of this worthy global initiative.”EARTH HOUR

During Earth Hour all non-essential lighting within the Parks will be turned off and as Chair Thomson explains, “we will also be ‘switching off’ our evening Illumination of the Falls during this time – as a symbol to help raise awareness and support for action on the issue of climate change.”

According to WWF, Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. It has grown from a single event held in Sydney, Australia in 2007, to a world-wide initiative, reaching millions of people in over 7,000 cities across 152 countries and territories. Scheduled for late March, the date is planned to closely coincide with the equinox to ensure most cities are in darkness as it rolls out around the Earth.

For more information on Earth Hour, visit www.EarthHourCanada.org

The Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide.

Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.

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