National Sweater Day is a campaign from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that encourages Canadians to take a second and consider the value of energy. Officials say by turning down the thermostat by just a couple of degrees during the winter months can make a big difference to the impact on the environment.
According to the WWF, "energy creation and consumption are among the biggest causes of carbon emission...If every Canadian turned down their thermostat by two degrees in the winter, 2.2 megatonnes of carbon dioxide could be saved each year--the equivalent of taking about 350,000 cars off the road."
More than 1.5 million Canadians and 300 organizations – including The Weather Network – took part in National Sweater Day last year.
For the second year in a row, Simon Fraser University participated in the initiative.
"SFU lately has gotten very committed to going green and trying to aim for major sustainability," says campaign manager Holly Frost.
"SFU is huge and if we turn the heat down in a place like this it’s a massive saving in energy and GHG emissions.”
All across campus, students donned fun sweaters in support.
Here are some facts about energy use in Canada, courtesy of the WWF:
-- Household and business heating and cooling accounts for a significant portion of Canada's fuel emissions.
-- Residential heating produces about 44 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
-- If every Canadian turned down their thermostat by two degrees each winter, 2.2 megatonnes of carbon dioxide could be saved every year.
-- Reducing use of fossil fuels is a key way to minimize our dependence on these resources.
-- More than half of Canada's total footprint is derived predominantly from fossil fuel use -- mainly from transportation, heating and electricity generation from coal, oil and gas.
With files from Andrea Stockton