In 2010, WWF Canada launched a project called the National Sweater Day. The goal: raising more awareness about climate change and giving people an opportunity in taking action. The idea is simple, yet effective: “turn down your heat and put on a sweater.”
And since then, over a million Canadians have participated by turning their heating down and keeping warm in their favourite jumper instead. It is a great way to learn about saving energy and reducing the greenhouse gas emission. According to WWF’s website, “if all Canadians lowered their thermostats by just 2 degrees Celsius this winter, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 4 megatons.” So imagine if it was not a National Sweater Day but an International Sweater Day. The impact and result would be enormous.
Although I am not Canadian (opposed to many assumptions) and have only lived in Canada for less than 2 months, I still think that everyone should participate. Turning your radiator down or even off for a single day and putting on a cosy sweater instead is not a lot to be asked to do.
This year’s sweater day is on the 4th of February 2016, which is fast approaching! So talk to your friends and family, encourage them to participate and share it to social media. Every person and degree counts.
- Image from: http://awsassets.wwf.ca/downloads/polar_bear_english_newv2.pdf