News from Kamloops

March 30, 2015

Kamloops Unplugged for Earth Hour and Made a Difference

Kamloops, B.C. –The City of Kamloops celebrated Earth Hour this past Saturday by hosting a free double feature movie night at Interior Savings Centre. With a showing of The Lego Movie, and Mockingjay, the goal of the event was to bring awareness about conserving energy.

The movie night brought out 498 people, up from 455 in 2014. Donations for the Kamloops Food Bank were collected and totaled 393lbs of food – which will feed approximately 33 Kamloops citizens for a week! The City also gave away 138 kids swim passes and 135 adult swim passes to individuals and families who made food bank donations.

BC Hydro reported that provincially, the electrical load was reduced by 0.2% and Kamloopsians reduced their electrical load by 1.2%. That is an increased reduction of 33 percent for Kamloops versus 2014 results (from 0.9 to 1.2 percent).

Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund that encourages individuals to turn off unnecessary lights and electronics to conserve power and demonstrate support for climate change reduction efforts. This global event takes place on the last Saturday of March from 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm local time.

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Media Contact:
Jaimi Garbutt, Sustainability Educator
City of Kamloops
250-828-3377
jgarbutt@kamloops.ca