Hey everybody, A few weeks ago, on April 16th, a tragic accident happened in South Korea. A ferry sank with around 476 passengers on board. 174 people were rescued but around 300 of them are dead or missing. Most of the passengers, about 80%, on board of this ship, were high school students. Nobody knows how such a disaster could happen and investigations are still running. Currently, in Korea and all over the world, people are tying yellow ribbons on a leash, with a message on it, in memory of the victims and their families. The ribbons symbolize solidarity and hope that the missing people of this tragic event would be found alive. Not only in the street, but in schools and public places as well, people are showing their solidarity and compassion. They also show it on the internet and in social media. In this case, why don’t you take a minute to write a short message, in your own language, for people in Korea who are not giving up and keeping their hope of finding the missing people? You can find the yellow ribbons in the ambassadors’ square, next to the reception, on the 2nd floor of the school. We thank you in advance for your support.  ===== EC offers various English Courses, including TOEFL Courses in Vancouver.

Earth Hour 2012

The World Wildlife Federation’s (WWF) annual Earth Hour presents a challenge to save energy that more and more British Columbians are finding fun and creative ways to take on. BC Hydro’s numbers show participation is increasing each year, with the megawatt hours conserved during last year’s one-hour event nearly doubling, from 64 in 2010 to 117. That’s equivalent to 7.8 million 15-watt compact fluorescent bulbs all going dark at once. WHERE EARTH HOUR BEGAN In 2007, WWF-Australia inspired Sydney-siders to show their support for climate change action in the first ever Earth Hour event. It showed that everyone, from children to CEOs and politicians, has the power to change the world they live in. In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights out for one hour to take a stand against climate change.   In 2008, the plan was to take Earth Hour to the rest of Australia. But then the City of Toronto, Canada, signed up and it wasn’t long before 35 countries and almost 400 cities and towns were part of the event. It said something compelling to the world: that the climate challenges facing our planet are so significant that change needs to be global. With the invitation to ‘switch off’ extended to everyone, Earth Hour quickly became an annual global event. It’s scheduled on the last Saturday of every March – closely coinciding with the equinox to ensure most cities are in darkness as it rolled out around the Earth. In 2011, Earth Hour saw hundreds of millions of people across 135 countries switch off for an hour.  So, mark on your calendar: Earth Hour 2012, Saturday 31st March, 8:30p.m.