Schools celebrate Earth Day with Lights Out

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Schools celebrate Earth Day with Lights Out
Published Thursday April 21st, 2011

Events commemorating Earth Day wouldn’t be complete without the Lights Out project, which has swept Canada and into other countries.

Canadian schools from coast to coast are participating in the awareness campaign started by Mount Allison University student Keleigh Annau while living in British Columbia.

She founded the Lights Out Canada/World outreach project to switch people’s minds onto the environment and the problem of global warming.

Now in its sixth year, the event will be celebrated today since Earth Day is Good Friday. An estimated 122,000 students in 330 schools in four countries participated last year.

It educates all ages about energy conservation by turning down or off the lights in the schools taking part in the challenge.

Many homeowners, companies and organizations support the effort by also practising lights out activities.

Riverview High School plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a lights out to raise awareness to energy use, climate change, waste and basic stewardship.

Students and staff will also adopt trees to help sequester a little carbon.

Students and teachers at the schools will be devoting some time today on the meaning behind Earth Day and its impact.

Other activities are planned on the weekend.