Lights Out Canada returns for 2013

Lights Out Canada returns for 2013

April 17, 2013

Lights out Canada is set for April 22, and schools across Canada will be dimming their lights and showing educational material about climate change to their students.

Provincial Lights Out Canada representatives have been making calls to schools in their provinces to encourage participation in even the youngest of students.

The goal of Lights Out Canada is to get people doing what they can to prevent climate change at a younger level, said first-year Mount Allison student and New Brunswick Lights Out Canada representative Meagan Betts.

“It’s our generation that will be affected the most,” said Betts. “So it’s our generation that should stand up and do something about it.”

Betts has signed 16 New Brunswick schools to participate in Lights Out Canada thus far, she said.

Sometimes schools are willing to take part but forget to register, said Betts.

Nova Scotia’s wind farms and electric cars help the province set a good example for NB to follow, she said.

“I think it would be interesting to see New Brunswick more in a way that supports a sustainable energy source,” she said. “We don’t think a lot about habitats lost, or the labour just to get energy to our homes.”

When Betts started going to Mount Allison university, she noticed some of the environmentally-safe energy sources and programs the school was using, such as the automatically dimming lights in the Jennings building.

Former Sackville resident James Erhman is now the representative for Lights Out Ontario. He noticed a good consciousness among Sackville residents towards energy conservation, he said.

“For Sackville, being a small town, there’s not a lot of street lighting,” he said.

In Ontario, a lot of people have strong feelings about energy conservation, he said.

“There are little signs everywhere about people being a little more conscious.”

Electricity consumption affects the environment in many ways, said Erhman.

“It not only depends on the consumption but the source of electricity.”

Our best bet is to use less electricity in general, he said.

“The hope is that kids are being exposed to this kind of material in grade school.”

This should help kids choose an environmentally-conscious career path and grow up with more of a mind for conservation, said Erhman.

Anybody can get involved with Lights Out Canada, said Betts.

“Do what you can do in your own homes… It should be happening everyday.”