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On Saturday night, millions of people around the world will be participating in Earth Hour. The Town of Whitby is once again participating, demonstrating its commitment to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by turning off all nonessential lighting and electrical equipment in Town facilities during Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 23.

Earth Hour is an international campaign that brings awareness to the issue of energy conservation and climate change. It was launched in Sydney, Australia, in 2007 and quickly spread around the world. Last year, more than 6,950 cities in a record 152 countries participated, including 511 cities and towns in Canada.

The Town of Whitby is calling on members of the community to participate as well. Residents and businesses are being encouraged to turn off their lights, power down and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment during Earth Hour. Whitby Hydro will be monitoring Whitby's energy consumption to determine the savings achieved during Earth Hour.

The community is also invited to take advantage of the darkened skies during Earth Hour and join Town of Whitby staff and the Durham Region Astronomical Association for a free Stargazing Party with telescope viewing of the moon, planets and stars.

What: Earth Hour Stargazing Party

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013

Time: 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Where: Port Whitby Marina, 301 Watson Street, Whitby

Details: Snacks and light refreshments will be available for sale. There will be indoor and outdoor displays. Accessible and group viewing will also be available.

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