23 March, 2013

In Angers, "Earth Hour" was not on time

Angers city was due to switch off the light of numerous public buildings on March 23 from 8.30 to 10.30 (pm) : town hall, the Fine-Arts Museum, the David d'Angers Gallery, the Grand Theatre, Saint-Aubin tower, Verdun bridge as well as fountains in Mail gardens and Pilori or Ralliement squares. But it was not the case! That initiative of the city, designed to made aware Angers inhabitants to the damaging effects of energetic over-consumption throughout the green house gas emissions. A lot of monuments in other French cities were due to be not enlighted that evening. Apparently, it was not the case for those of Angers.

The "Earth Hour" is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature and held towards the end of March every year. It has been designed to encourage households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. The event first took place in 2007 at Sydney with 2.2 millions residents. Following Sydney's lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008.

Angers city and Angers Loire Métropole are involved in energy savings with, recently, the running of Biowatts in La Roseraie district which produces heat by burning wood coming from local forests. About 14 000 homes are now connected to Biowatts and Angers publics buildings are now running with 15% of renewable energy. But on March 23rd, had Angers disconnected its watch?

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