Saturday, March 23, 2013
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Each year it keeps getting bigger!!
In its fourth year of celebrating Earth Hour, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is thrilled to continue to expand upon this global event with an even bigger celebration and participation.
Started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, Earth Hour is an effort led by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to raise awareness about climate change and to show our government leaders that we as communities are looking for solutions. During the following years, Earth Hour spread with the speed of light – or lack there of- and by 2012, more than 6950 cities in 152 countries participated, including over 100 national capitals and enormous landmarks including the Vegas Strip, the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, the Acropolis, and the Coliseum.
From 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time across the world, individuals, businesses, governments, organizations and more turn off their lights for one hour to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate their commitment to finding solutions.
The local Steamboat celebration in 2012 was in the Olympian Hall lot at Howelsen Hill and included the candlelight “60” luminaria by the Grand Futures Teen Council, live performances from Prairie Tunegrass, the Steamboat African Drums Ensemble, and the local fire spinners.. Many City of Steamboat Springs buildings participate annually, as well as several restaurants hosted candle light dinners throughout town such as at Hazies and Ragnars, and Rex’s restaurants.
Because they are out of school on Saturdays, the student bodies at CMC, Strawberry Park, Soda Creek, and Steamboat Springs High Schools observe Earth Hour on Friday afternoon annually, turning of lights for the last hour of the school day. The youth are YVSC’s key element in the annual theme of Earth Hour’s “Go Beyond the Hour” in creating pledges, calls to action, and challenges to think far into the future of what Earth Hour means to them.
This year – 2013 Press Release
In 2013, YVSC and the City of Steamboat Springs are hosting the celebration on 6th Street darkening Mainstreet/Lincoln Avenue in honor of the event. YVSC asks all downtown businesses to participate, and is calling on volunteers to help spread the word. If you can help spread posters and candles to downtown businesses who are participating, please email email@example.com. If you are a downtown business who wants to participate with the downtown event, please hang this flyer in your window and let us know!
In addition the regular annual entertainment (firespinners and African drummers), the local Youth Council is producing a video for the event and we will hear a short inspiring speech from Pete Maysmith of Conservation Colorado.
We urge participants to join the festivities that evening by turning off their lights at home and coming out to the event. Please bring a candle and one to share, stories of sustainability efforts, warm clothes to pass the hour in, and ideas of how Steamboat and individuals can “Go Beyond the Hour” and follow the “I will if you will” Challenge!
AND if you can’t be here to celebrate, turn them off at home!
Thanks to our 2013 Sponsors!