TORONTO—Duncan is out to an early lead in a national contest sponsored by Flick Off, a movement to fight climate change by getting people to use less energy.
To win, a community needs to have the most residents per capita checking their greenhouse gas emissions, using a carbon calculator on Flick Off’s website. The grand prize is a Flick Fest, a free, carbon-neutral music festival to take place in the winning community. And in the early going, towns with fewer than 10,000 people are putting big cities to shame.

“We’re thrilled to see cities and towns across Canada joining the fight against climate change,” said Dr. Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence. “Everyone is part of the problem, but we all can be part of the solution. Flick Off helps raise awareness of how simple things add up to a big difference.”

The contest began in June, and 10 communities are topping the list. Duncan, B.C. is first, followed by Antigonish, N.S. and Woodstock, N.B. Others in the top ten are Trail, B.C.; Port Hardy, B.C.; Bridgewater, N.S.; West St. Paul, Man.; Nelson, B.C.; Carleton Place, Ont.; and in tenth, Estevan, Sask.

“With students about to return to school, we know things will heat up. Already, we’re seeing places across Canada getting involved,” said Smith. “But only one gets to win. The trick is simple: get as many people from your town checking out their emissions on flickoff.org as possible.”

But time is soon to run out. The contest closes November 1, with the concert taking place in spring 2008. To enter the contest and to see who’s leading, go to www.flickoff.org

Flick Off kicked off in April. Its founding partners are MuchMusic, Virgin Mobile Canada, Roots Canada, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment; and Environmental Defence, a registered charity.
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 For More Information:
Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 Ext. 257, or
flickoff@environmentaldefence.ca