How many Nova Scotians does it take to change a lightbulb? Conserve Nova Scotia, the province’s energy efficiency agency, today, April 30, launched an information campaign asking Nova Scotians to think about their residential energy lighting use. The It Starts With Me campaign will target television, and French and English radio stations and newspapers. The two-phased campaign is designed to encourage Nova Scotians to switch to energy efficient lighting. “We know that only 16 per cent of Nova Scotians have switched all of their residential lighting to more energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs,” said Bill Dooks, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “The timing of this campaign is a good way to encourage Nova Scotians to take advantage of energy savings today rather than waiting for a ban on inefficient lighting expected in 2012.” Energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs use up to 75 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, last up to 10 times longer, and can save about $40 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the bulb. “Our research shows that Nova Scotians want more information on ways they can save energy,” said Heather Foley Melvin, president and CEO of Conserve Nova Scotia. “This is the first of three major information campaigns designed to help Nova Scotians learn how they can be part of a greener and more sustainable Nova Scotia.” The second phase of the compact fluorescent light bulb campaign will be launched in the coming weeks. More information on residential energy efficient lighting can be found at www.itstartswithme.ca .
In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, the UN chief also extended his condolences to the families of the victims and sincere sympathy to the wounded.According to reports, at least 12 people were killed and seven wounded when terrorists attacked the High National Election Commission on Wednesday.In the statement, Mr. Guterres also underscored the UN’s commitment to the implementation of the Action Plan for Libya.The plan, which was endorsed by the Security Council last October, aims to bring about peace and stability in the country and end a protracted crisis that has caused immense suffering and contributed to instability beyond the Libya’s borders.Violence between rival groups has plagued the oil-rich North African nation since shortly after the 2011 overthrow of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, leading to a humanitarian and economic crisis.The Action Plan contains seven main priorities, beginning with reinvigorating an inclusive political process by building on recent positive developments. Other priorities include strengthening national security; supporting migrants; and securing predictable support for humanitarian assistance.The statement added that the UN Special Representative for Libya, Ghassan Salamé, is working very closely with all parties towards the plan’s full implementation.