Friday, March 22, 2013

Earth Hour 2013

Did you know Canada.. this Saturday, March 23rd, is Earth Hour from 8:30PM – 9:30 PM local time across 152 countries.

Earth Hour is a time when we turn off the lights and consider climate change. According to the WWF, climate change is the biggest environmental threat to our planet and the number one concern for Canadians.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. The next year more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. By 2010, Earth Hour had created history as the largest voluntary action ever witnessed with participation across 128 countries and every continent.

During Earth Hour 2011 many world landmarks switched off their lights including the Forbidden City, Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, Golden Gate Bridge, Table Mountain, Christ the Redeemer statue and Sydney Opera House.

Last year, 2012, the campaign experienced the largest growth since 2009, what will be in store for 2013?

Unfortunately, one the least co-operative areas traditionally has been Alberta. In 2008 Calgary's power consumption actually went up during Earth Hour. In 2011 Edmonton's power usage also increased during Earth Hour. So let's get the word out to Canadians, flick off the lights this Saturday night from 8:30 - 9:30PM and stand up for climate change!

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