Earth Hour: A Call to Action for the Hockey Community

CARHA Hockey invites the hockey community to join forces during Earth Hour (Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 pm your local time) and explore ways to incorporate sustainable practices into their ice time. Earth Hour is a global movement that encourages individuals, communities, and organizations to switch off non-essential lights and appliances for one hour. It serves as a symbol of our commitment to the planet and as a reminder of the collective power we have to make a positive impact. It also raises awareness about the need for urgent climate change action. 

As members of the hockey community, we have a unique opportunity to encourage sustainable practices during Earth Hour. We believe in the power of collective action.  Here are some ideas to get you started: 

  • Carpooling to the Rink: Encourage teammates and parents to carpool, reducing the carbon footprint associated with transportation to and from the rink. 
  • Embrace Reusable Water Bottles: Instead of single-use plastic bottles, bring reusable water bottles to stay hydrated during practices and games. This switch can significantly reduce plastic waste. 
  • Power down at the Arena: Inquire whether your arena plans to participate in Earth Hour by shutting down non-essential lights and power during that time. If not, suggest the idea and help raise awareness about the importance of energy conservation. 
  • Donate Used Equipment: Consider donating your used hockey equipment to local organizations or programs that provide access to the sport. This not only promotes sustainability but also helps others enjoy the game. 
  • Highlight Earth Hour on Ice: Utilize your ice time during Earth Hour to raise awareness about the event. Create an educational moment or a special drill to emphasize the importance of acting for the planet. 
  • Community Clean-up: Organize a community quick clean-up event in collaboration with your team. Pick up litter, cans, bottles etc. and make a positive impact on the local environment. 
  • Reusable Mugs for Pre-Game Coffee: Encourage team members, coaches, and parents to bring their own reusable mugs for pre-game coffee or hot beverages.  

Now we challenge you  come up with your own creative ideas to make Earth Hour an impactful event your hockey community! Share your ideas and experiences with us at community@carhahockey.ca. Your idea could be featured and inspire others to act. 

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