On Saturday, March 26, the City of Columbia will join cities, businesses and organizations across the globe in celebrating Earth Hour, one of the world’s largest public environmental action events. Because Earth Hour 2022 highlights nature and biodiversity, one of the strongest allies against the climate crisis, the City is hosting a “Behind the Scenes Look at Boyd Island” nature walk at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. A second tour has been added that evening at 6:30 p.m.
The City of Columbia will encourage all employees to turn off all non-essential lights and equipment when leaving their work sites on Friday, March 25, 2022 in order to help observe Earth Hour the following day. Citizens are also encouraged to join in the effort by turning off non-essential lights in their homes.
By taking part in Earth Hour, the City is acknowledging its commitment to personal and operational actions that benefit the planet. The City of Columbia has taken steps to go beyond Earth Hour by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing energy efficiency, and has reduced internal greenhouse gas emissions by over 21% since establishing their Climate Protection Action Committee (CPAC) in 2006.
About Boyd Island
Boyd Island is a seven-acre island in the heart of Columbia where the Broad and Saluda Rivers meet. Connected to the Saluda River Walk by bridge, the island features walking trails, benches, picnic tables and a variety of native plants.
About Earth Hour
Earth Hour began as a single-city initiative – in Sydney, Australia – in 2007 and has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people from more than 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries/territories across every continent switching off their lights for Earth Hour, creating history as the world’s greatest ever environmental action. Earth Hour is coordinated by the World Wildlife Federation.
For more information:
(Walk Registration) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/behind-the-scenes-at-boyd-island-on-saluda-river-walk-two-one-hour-walks-tickets-276867798037
(Earth Hour) Earth Hour: https://www.earthhour.org/
City Climate Protection Action Committee: https://www.cpac.columbiasc.gov/