Ten years ago, WWF initiated Earth Hour. It’s a symbolic time held worldwide to encourage the global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world. For one hour on one evening in the month of March, we are all to turn off our lights and reduce our power draw.

In December of 2015, Paris hosted the United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP 21 in which, 196 representing countries or territorial parties agreed on a global commitment to reducing the effects of climate change. This agreement is intended to become law.

This past January, City Councillors Gord Perks & Sarah Doucette (representing Parkdale – High Park) held a “think tank” to get residents to weigh in on how they thought, we could work towards combating climate change. It was a packed house. I was there.

Supporting Earth Hour is one of my passions. In 2013 WWF Canada identified me as an Earth Hour Team Captain and I’ve been running with that moniker ever since. My name is Karyn Klaire Koski and my family has lived in Roncesvalles Village for 22 years.

Since 2010, I with other RoncyWorks members and the BIA, have encouraged groups of Earth Hour Supporters to walk along Roncesvalles Avenue, in solidarity to represent our community’s voice. There are no protests. It’s an ever increasing number of friends, families and neighbours, who walk together from the top to the bottom of “Roncy” holding lanterns or candles in jars. Along the kilometre stretch we pass candlelit restaurants, bistros and bars who signal their participation by turning off their lights.

Written by: Karyn Klaire Koski, Organizer of Roncy Earth Hour