Bistrita becomes Romania's Earth Hour capital
"This competition has shown us that in a contest that may seem uneven, enthusiasm and involvement can make a huge difference. Bistrita was the smallest city in the competition, but they compensated this with a strong spirit, becoming the first Earth Hour capital in Romania. Their example is truly inspiring”, said Magor Csibi, Country Manager of the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme in Romania.
“This competition has convinced us that small towns in Romania are capable of an incredible mobilization. The citizens of Bistrita brought to the designated site more than 3,500 bags full of PET packaging. We could see the streets lined with dozens of children carrying hundreds of bags. At the end of the day we had a mountain of yellow bags which could compete with the height of Bistrita’s church, the symbol of the town”.
During Earth Hour on 31 March, the town of Bistrita plans to switch off the lights in the historic centre as well as to have a week dedicated to energy leading up to the Earth Hour event. Post Earth Hour, the municipality of Bistrita plans to expand environmental infrastructure measures and embark on an ambitious project to expand green areas as well as adopt solid environmental practices in the City Hall.
20 Romanian cities joined the Earth Hour race to become the Earth Hour capital for 2012: Adjud, Bistrita, Botosani, Braila, Brasov, Bucharest, Cluj, Constanta, Giurgiu, Iasi, Mizil, Panciu, Ploiesti, Ramnicu Valcea, Roman, Sighisoara, Slobozia, Suceava, Vaslui and Timisoara.
Municipalities participating in the contest on behalf of their communities were challenged by WWF to make a strong case for their past and upcoming prjects and initiatives aimed at greening their cities, including plans to organize Earth Hour 2012. The top three cities were selected by examining their environmental infrastructure, renewable energy investment, management of green spaces, education and communication, development of transport and biodiversity conservation. Members of the jury were experts from WWF, the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Romania’s Green Building Council.