Sometimes my job is a lot of fun.
As part of the City of Edmonton’s Earth Hour celebration on March 27, the Office of Environment decided to have a contest with Edmonton elementary school children. We asked them to give us their top five ways to save power. The entries will be put in a draw barrel and the winner will get to come to our Earth Hour event on March 27 and use a giant light switch to turn off the lights of City Hall and a few of our other downtown buildings.
At first I didn’t know if this contest would be of interest to the kids but the entries are coming in fast and furious. I’m impressed with the quality of suggestions they’re making (although they don’t all strictly relate to power usage) and I thought I’d share some of them with you. The spelling of some of the words is half the enjoyment of the entries so I’ve decided to reproduce them exactly as the students submitted them:
These young Edmontonians clearly understand that reducing our environmental impact is not just something we do one day a year. Their suggestions show the every day choices and actions we can make to reduce our energy consumption. But we all have to start somewhere. Many of these students are sure to be gathering with their families for our Earth Hour celebration on Saturday, March 27 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. on City Hall plaza. I hope you can too. And if you can’t make it, that you at least switch off your lights and turn off the ‘washermoshene’.