What to do after the lights go out

Reporter: Caroline Egan

Saturday March 29 might have seemed like any other day to some people, but for one hour in that day people worldwide were taking part in a huge movement known as Earth Hour.
The city of Oshawa did its part this year by not only participating, but also by holding an informative discussion with multiple guest speakers at Trent University in Oshawa.
The first speaker was Suzanne Elston, the senior environmental coordinator in Oshawa.
She talked of how climate change has directly affected the city and surrounding areas. The December ice storm was mentioned as an example of how severe and rapid climate change has become.
Elston then spoke about how Oshawa already has a strategic plan and workshops to work against climate change.
Next Brian Kelly, a member of the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee (OEAC), stood to talk about Durham Region’s plan of action.
He also emphasizes the need to understand how much it costs to fix natural disasters.
OEAC member, Victoria Fast, talked about how everyone can challenge themselves to help make change
Last to speak was Daniel Hoornweg, a professor at UOIT.
He spoke about how students need to build a better Earth by controlling greenhouse gas emissions through building sustainable cities.
Finally, Earth Hour approached and Oshawa’s Mayor John Henry began the countdown.
Once 8:30 p.m. hit, the lights went out, and the movie Chasing Ice played for the hour.
The movie was inspirational and devastating as it gave visual perspective to what climate change has been doing in the northern areas that people do not get to see everyday, and people left with motivation to better the environment.