Torys takes action on climate change by joining Earth Hour

March 19, 2008

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With climate change as the biggest environmental threat to our planet, Torys aims to be a part of the solution and make a difference. We are proud to announce that we are participating in Earth Hour.

At 8:00 p.m. on March 29, the world will turn off its lights for one hour—Earth Hour—to show support for taking action on climate change. All individuals, households and businesses are being encouraged to participate. We encourage you to turn off your lights and computer monitors at home and in the office, and to also tell your friends and family about this great event.

Earth Hour is a global initiative begun by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). It has grown from a single event in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, where almost 2.3 million people participated—including more than 2,100 businesses. The result was a 10% reduction on the electrical grid and a saving of 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking 50,000 cars off the road for an hour. WWF has posted a video documenting the impact.

In 2008, more than 70 cities in Canada and 24 cities across six continents are participating globally. Toronto is Canada's flagship city. World Wildlife Fund Canada has partnered with the Toronto Star, City of Toronto and Virgin Mobile to make Earth Hour a success.

For further information about Earth Hour and what Torys is doing, please contact Patricia Koval, Chair of World Wildlife Fund Canada.

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