Earth Hour Approaching
Are you ready for an early lights out to close out March? Residents and businesses are urged to take part in Earth Hour.
2012 Earth Hour will take place Saturday, March 31 when people around the world are asked to go dark from 8:30pm-9:30pm.
Supported around the world by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth hour is designed as an awareness campaign surrounding the need to address climate change and look at a future more reliant on renewable energy.
In support of a cleaner, greener and more sustainable earth, Deputy Mayor Wayne Rempel encourages “Let’s all turn our ‘Lights Out’ and support a Greener Earth together Lacombe!”
The event is geared to make people worldwide think about not just their energy use, but other environmental and sustainable practices.
World Wildlife Fund reports that in 2011 more than 15 million Canadian adults participated in Earth Hour throughout 427 municipalities across Canada. Globally it’s calculated that approximately 1.8 billion people in 135 countries took part.
The WWF also offers suggestions for lights-out activities on its Earth Hour website at www.earthhour.wwf.ca.
If you want to see action on climate change, WWF needs you! Join us and millions of people across Canada on the biggest team in the world: Go to Team Earth Hour for more information.
History of Earth Hour
Earth Hour is organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). 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. It showed that everyone, from children to CEOs and politicians, has the power to change the world we live in.
In 2008, the plan was to spread Earth Hour to the rest of Australia but there was an appetite to expand the movement beyond that country’s borders. Canada’s own City of Toronto was the first to sign up and it wasn’t long before 35 countries and almost 400 cities and towns followed suit. 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, WWF’s 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 rolls out around the Earth.