CAW Celebrates Earth Hour
Port Elgin, Ontario
March 28, 2008
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The international Earth Hour was celebrated by CAW members at a special event that followed CAW Council in Port Elgin Ontario, with lighting supplied by solar powered batteries and acoustic entertainment.
"Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone?"
"Pave paradise and put up a parking lot."
Three hundred communities around the world, half of them in Canada including Port Elgin have signed on to Earth hour. Saugeen Shore councillor Victoria Serda said mobilizing public opinion to protect the environment is crucial for survival.
Saugeen Shores Councillor
"I believe that climate change is the number one issue that is facing us as humanity, just as regular people. It is going to be affecting every person in every society and it is the most important thing for us to work on."
The event at the CAW Family Education Centre was chaired by Nick DeCarlo of the union's Health and Safety department who said Earth Hour is an opportunity to make a difference.
CAW Health & Safety Dept.
"Earth Hour is different in the sense that people are coming together to show what they feel and what they think and what they want to see done. It gives us the opportunity to be together, to meet together.
It embodies what the environmental movement has to be about. It has to be about people. It has to be about people saying we demand change. We demand things be done. We do not accept the current drift."
CAW environmental activists Mark Bartlett of the CAW Windsor Environment Council and Cathy Austin, CAW Local 88 president urged people to work together to build public awareness and involvement.
CAW Windsor Environment Council
"Just flicking a switch that can make such a difference and really build a ground swell of optimism around this issue. Everyone becomes more connected to where their power comes from during an hour like this."
Pres. CAW Local 88
"So let's get going, building and sustaining solidarity on the fundamental issue of climate change. It is a tremendous opportunity for us. The CAW is a union that seizes opportunities so let's get to work, have some fun and make Earth Hour, every day, every hour in our unions and back in our locals and in our work places."
Responding to the challenge the delegates offered ideas on how to build public involvement and to make Earth Day 2009 even more wide-spread. Their enthusiasm was echoed in music.
"So go on now. Walk out the door. But don't forget to hit the light switch we don't want wastage any more. If we all do just our part. If everyone agrees.
We can make this planet better for our children, you will see. We will survive. We will survive. With our turbines and our bright minds we can truly be alive. If we use these CFBs and get our power from the breeze, we will survive, we will survive."
CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."