Earth Hour, March 29, 2008

Earth Hour gains global momentum

Since WWF launched Earth Hour in December, over 47,000 people and more than 2,600 businesses have signed on at earthhour.org.  Millions of people around the world will be participating in Earth Hour.

Canada is leading the way with more than 35 cities participating!  Cities across the country have pledged to turn out their lights for one hour, including Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.  These cities will encourage their residents and businesses to participate and show support for action on climate change.  In Canada’s host city, Toronto, there will be an official Earth Hour event taking place in Nathan Phillips Square from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m on March 29th.  More details will be announced on March 4th.

See the difference you can make!

See how other people are celebrating this global event and check out www.earthhour.org to view the Earth Hour quilt. The quilt is filled with Earth Hour inspired videos, images, music and flash files from around the world.  Upload your Earth Hour pictures and videos to our gallery and share your thoughts and ideas with the world.

You can also download Earth Hour materials, such as web banners, posters, postcards and stickers to help spread the word in your community. Check out the city pages on earthhour.org/downloads for other Earth Hour downloads relevant to your city.

Track the difference you have made – For those of you who signed up before February 1st, go to www.earthhour.org/faq and enter the e-mail address you used to register to receive your personal URL.  You can then send that URL to your family and friends to track how many people have signed up through you!

The Good Life

Earth Hour is part of a bigger, ongoing effort.  You can take steps everyday to help fight climate change by living The Good Life. WWF-Canada’s newest conservation program, The Good Life, is an action-oriented campaign mobilizing Canadians to reduce their ecological footprint.  See how your actions can add up to help fight climate change. Join The Good Life today and make your voice heard!

Safe wax

If you plan on burning candles during Earth Hour, make sure you use 100% beeswax candles, which are smoke free, non-toxic and non-allergenic. They are also made of natural products – not petroleum-based materials.

With a little common sense around using candles we can all stay safe. Have a look at our tips for using candles safely (scroll to end of FAQs).

Icons and landmarks to switch off for Earth Hour

Earth Hour is set to make a powerful statement on March 29th when cities around the world switch off their lights for one hour at 8 p.m. One of the most visually appealing elements of Earth Hour is seeing national icons and landmarks turn off. Some examples in Canada include the CN Tower, Ontario Place, Toronto Eaton Centre, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Honest Ed’s and all buildings in which Vancity, BC Hydro and City of Vancouver operate. Stay tuned for more icons across the country to turn out their lights for Earth Hour.

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