March 28, 2015 is Earth Hour
March 18, 2015
On March 28 at 8:30 p.m. local time, cities from across Canada and around the world turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. Earth Hour is a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) event to raise awareness about climate change and symbolize that working together, the people of the world can make a difference in the fight against climate change.
Earth Hour has grown from a single event first held in Sydney, Australia in 2007 to what is today a global phenomenon that occurs worldwide. In 2007, 2.2 million homes and businesses in Sydney switched off their lights for one hour. In 2014, more than 7000 cities, town and communities across the world rallied together for one hour in an inspiring display of what people can accomplish when they put their hearts in the right place.
Lights were turned out on several world landmarks that included the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Taipei 101, The Petronas Towers, Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest), Gateway of India, The Church of the Nativity (Birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem), Dubrovnik City Walls, Eiffel Tower, Avenue Habib Bourguiba, The Acropolis, Tower of Pisa, Brandenburg Gate, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, The UK Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, CN Tower, Las Vegas Strip, Times Square, The Empire State Building, Niagara Falls and more. And for the very first time, Moscow’s Kremlin and whole Red Square complex, including St. Basil’s Cathedral, Historical Museum and the famous GUM-mall switch off for Earth Hour.
In 2014, WWF named the City of Edmonton as Canada’s National Earth Hour Capital winner. Vancouver was crowned as the first ever Global Earth Hour Capital in 2013, recognised for its ambition to be a global leader on climate-smart urban development with green targets.
This Saturday, March 28, between 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time, simply switch off your lights for one hour and Join the World for Earth Hour.