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Full day of activities planned for Saturday’s Earth Hour

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Ahead of the globally observed Earth Hour this Saturday, local sustainability advocacy group Greenrock is calling on residents to join in on the largest global action against climate change.

Earth Hour 2014 will be observed between 8:30 and 9:30pm this weekend, with more than 7,000 cities and 150 countries expected to ‘go dark' by dousing the lights in their homes and businesses.

“It's not easy being green,” said Executive Director of Greenrock, Gordon Johnson, quoting Kermit the Frog, of Sesame Street fame.

Speaking at the weekly Hamilton Rotary Club meeting, Mr Johnson said joining in the fight against climate change is an “opportunity to solve together what we can't do alone.”

“This year, we join over 150 other countries in pausing to reflect on what can be done to save our planet. This is symbolic, of course.

“Pausing for one day and turning your lights off for one hour isn't going to solve our environmental issues,” said Mr Johnson.

“But it does bring Bermuda together as a community, and joins our community with the rest of the world in saying ‘This is important. This matters'.”

A “full day of activities” has been scheduled by the group, beginning with a ‘Living Green Expo' which will open after noon this Saturday in the upper level of the Washington Mall.

Greenrock is also inviting members of the public to stroll the unlit streets of Hamilton for ‘The Walk of Flame'.

With an entry fee of $23, which covers costs and registration, participants will be given tea lights and are encouraged to bring decorated jars to protect the flames and “illuminate the way.”

The full schedule for Greenrock's events this Earth Hour is available on the group's website and Facebook page. But green's the colour of spring.

Mr Johnson ended his presentation with the last lines from Kermit's ballad about self-acceptance.

“I ‘m green, I'm beautiful, and I think it's what I want to be.”

Photo by Glenn Tucker Gordon Johnson, executive director of Greenrock was guest speaker at the Hamilton Rotary Club.

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Published March 26, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated March 26, 2014 at 9:14 am)

Full day of activities planned for Saturday’s Earth Hour

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