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TVOKids invites you to be a part of Earth Hour at the Ontario Science Centre on March 26

Posted on March 9, 2011 by Noel

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“TORONTO, March 8 /CNW/ – On Saturday March 26, Canadians will join millions of people around the world in turning off their lights for an hour to demand action on climate change. TVOKids invites you to be part of it. Join TVOKids at the Ontario Science Centre for three Earth Hour performances, including a free outdoor evening stage show.

The TVOKids Don’t Sit Still Tour, presented by EatRight Ontario, will present three live, high-energy performances with infectious songs and fun dance moves to get the whole family involved. The afternoon performances at 2 pm and 3:30 pm are free with admission to the Ontario Science Centre. The third performance will be part of an Earth Hour celebration at 8 pm in the TELUSCAPE outdoor plaza that is free to all.

TVOKids hosts Kara and Drew will be joined by Enviro Girl and Captain Kent to pair the “Don’t Sit Still” message of healthy eating and healthy lifestyle with the mission of keeping our Earth healthy. As a memento of the show and its message of healthy living, kids receive free “Don’t Sit Still” gift bags.

“The ‘Don’t Sit Still’ shows are a fun way to share important healthy living messages with young children and their parents. The shows take place in communities throughout the province. Encouraging children to be active every day, and to eat more fruits and vegetables leads to the development of good habits for better health and well-being,” says Margarett Best, Ontario’s Minister of Health Promotion and Sport.

Also as part of the outdoor evening show, TVOKids, in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre, proudly presents StarWatch. Now in its fourth year, StarWatch is a Canada-wide experiment that measures light pollution levels during and after Earth Hour.

Following are the details for the three Earth Hour performances at the Ontario Science Centre. Each show is approximately 30 minutes.

Saturday March 26, 2011
Don’t Sit Still Tour performances at 2 pm and 3:30 pm (free with admission to the Ontario Science Centre) and 8 pm (free to all)
Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road
Toronto, Ontario

About TVO
TVO is Ontario’s public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. Celebrating 40 years, TVO’s vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported by thousands of donors. For more information, visit

Where to find TVO

Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Rogers HD channel 580, Bell TV channel 265, Shaw Direct channel 353.”

It’s community events like these which help raise awareness of not only our energy demands but also the negative effects of light pollution. Hopefully, the evening stage show begins in the early evening, rather than later. Why? If the event aims to raise awareness on climate change by turning off the lights for one hour, then having the show later in the evening seems to defeat the purpose of it, no? If it is a night, hopefully the lighting fixtures are properly shielded, directing the light downward. The more we all witness darker night skies, the more we will all yearn for their return!

Let there be night!

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