150 young people attended Earth Hour pre-party in the Energy Gallery
Young people reached target of €5,000 by cycling on spinning bikes, and therefore Helsingin Energia will donate €5,000 for the energy renovation of the biggest youth centre Happi in Sörnäinen.
Helsingin Energia’s Earth Hour pre-party at the Energy Gallery in Sähkötalo gathered together about 150 young people on Saturday, 29 March. The youngsters developed memes out of energy-saving tips and made pledges to save energy. A work of art made of pixels was created as a joint effort and badges were printed at the handicrafts workshop of the Youth Department of the City of Helsinki. There was also an opportunity to sample the offerings at the waste food stall.
Participants to the event were pedalling spinning bikes: the target set for the challenge was reached, and therefore Helsingin Energia will donate €5,000 for the energy renovation of the biggest youth centre of the Youth Department of the City of Helsinki, Youth Activity Centre Happi in Sörnäinen. The energy audit of the youth centre will be carried out by the young people themselves.
The objective of the Earth Hour pre-party was to raise awareness of climate change mitigation and energy saving. The pace for the event was set by the rap group Gasellit. The event, which started at 5 pm, closed when the lights were switched off at 8.30 pm. The event was organised by the sixth-form students of Safari, the community involvement project for young people. Helsingin Energia took part in WWF’s Earth Hour event by switching the lights off at its main office in Sähkötalo and at the Kruununvuorenranta oil silo. Earth Hour reduced electricity consumption in Helsinki by about 1 MWh, which corresponds approximately to the annual electricity consumption of a studio flat.