Fade to black Carleton – cut the lights for Earth Hour on March 28

Assistant librarian Linda Rossman is issuing a friendly challenge to her colleagues on campus to turn off their lights for Earth Hour on March 28.

On that day, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the World Wildlife Fund is calling on Canadians to turn off their lights as part of a global initiative in support of action on climate change. WWF is also encouraging people to make other efforts to be environmentally friendly.

“I would like to issue a friendly challenge to my colleagues across campus to turn off their lights. I recognize that this is a small gesture, but it’s easy to do, so why not do it?” says Rossman.

Last year she “stumbled” on Earth Hour while at home on her computer. When she went onto the Google site, it was black, citing the fact the popular website was going to mark Earth Hour. When she looked into it a little more, Rossman discovered a whole global movement, including the fact that the Sydney Opera House had gone black for Earth Hour.

“I was at home and thought, ‘Why shouldn’t we do that? If Google and the Sydney Opera House can do it, why can’t Carleton?’,” recalls Rossman. With the enthusiastic support of her library colleagues, Rossman had the lights on the top two floors turned off for 60 minutes.

This year, Rossman’s goal is to go further and have the lights on four out of five floors go black in the main building, and all three floors in the library extension turned off. As well, all the computers in the library with the exception of 30 will be turned off.

Her staff is so excited about Earth Hour, one of them who doesn’t work on weekends plans to come to work March 28, says Rossman.

“It’s easy for us to turn off the lights because there is a master switch on each floor,” she explained, adding that one floor will have to remain lit to ensure that students will have a place to go during the planned blackout. Staff will also be on hand to move students to the floor that will remain lit.
While turning off the lights is easy enough, the computers housed in the library will have to be shut off manually.

“For sure it’s a symbolic thing. It’s one hour, in one building, in one country of the world. But if others participate, it can make a difference.”

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