This is the speech given by Stephanie Lee of the Chamber of Commerce to mark the launch of Earth Hour 2016:

"On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, we are pleased to support the Earth Hour initiative."

"The Chamber takes environmental sustainability seriously, with recent upgrades to our office, including replacing the outdated fluorescent lights with LED ballasts."

"Although the Chamber isn't usually open on Saturday, we will be showing our support for Earth Hour on the Friday."

"We encourage our fellow members of the business community to support Earth Hour by darkening their buildings, turning off lights and computer screens on Saturday, March 19th, between the hours of 8:30pm and 9:30pm. We also encourage groups and individuals to take part in the glow run."

"Thank you for inviting us to the launch and we look forward to Earth Hour 2016."

This is the speech given by Minister of Health, Seniors and Environment, the Hon. Jeanne Atherden, on the launch of Earth Hour 2016:

"Good morning ladies and gentlemen."

"I am delighted to join you today to help our Island prepare for Earth Hour next month. Earth Hour is an important global reminder that this is the only planet we have and we must treat it with care and respect, and leave it in better shape for generations to come."

"Bermuda is proud to participate in this annual event."

"This year Earth Hour will be on the 19th of March 2016 from 8:30PM. So we have just 24 days to go!"

"But observing Earth Hour is not only about an isolated moment to turn off the lights. We have to remember that it's a symbolic reminder to show our commitment to taking actions that can bring a brighter future for our children and grandchildren, and the world they will live in tomorrow."

"As the Minister responsible for the Environment I want to encourage everyone - I mean EVERYONE - in our community to join Earth Hour next month to raise awareness about energy conservation and sustainability."

"The small action Earth Hour promotes can motivate many people to take further steps beyond the hour itself, and to look at other ways they can be more energy efficient and recognise that we all have a part to play in preserving our planet."

"So, on the 19th of March, let's all use our own power to make a positive difference for climate change."

"Thank you."

This is the speech given by Acting Mayor, Councillor John Harvey, on the launch of Earth Hour 2016:

"The City of Hamilton recognises the global need for environmental change, and it supports 100% the initiative put forth by the Greenrock Organisation to raise awareness throughout Bermuda that action must be taken to preserve the planet."

"The City of Hamilton encourages all those within the Municipality, including our fine dining establishments, as well as everyone across our Island home to commit to an hour with no power on March 19th from 8:30-9:30pm."

"As in previous years the City of Hamilton will show its commitment by working with the crews from BELCO to turn off the decorative copper lights, the lights in City Parks and at City Hall, as well as the Hamilton Docks. No traffic lights will be affected."

"On behalf of Mayor Gosling I applaud the efforts of Greenrock and all participating partners and organisations in this initiative and encourage everyone to do their part, especially the younger generation who have the opportunity to make a profound change."

The future of our electricity supply is an important topic for debate and has a significant impact on Bermuda's 'triple bottom line' of Environmental, Social, and Economic Sustainability.

Earlier this year the Department of Energy published a new Electricity Policy, and have just followed this by tabling a new Electricity Bill for Bermuda. The Objective of the proposed Act is "to achieve, as far as possible, least cost, high quality, environmentally sustainable, secure, and affordable electricity service for the people of Bermuda."

About Greenrock

According to The Footprint Network, which measures the ability of the planet to produce resources and absorb waste, our resource use and waste production is 60% more than the earth can produce or absorb annually.

This overshoot is the result of decisions that we each make every day. We seek to generate debate and to influence people to change their behaviour.We strive to be catalysts: Success for us is when we can Change the Mindset so that sustainable use of resources is included in decision-making for individuals, government or businesses. ... read more


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