Friday, March 30, 2012

WWF Earth Hour 2012 - this Saturday

Are you ready for Earth Hour Toronto? Saturday, March 31, 2012 starting at 8:30pm marks Earth Hour around the world. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) event showcases ways that you can make a difference to the world, during Earth Hour and beyond. The WWF Panda will cry if you don’t do something to help; the Panda will also be at the celebrations noted below (

Saturday night the action will be at the Historic Distillery District for a Team Earth Hour Pep Rally from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, with the Earth Hour Anthem performed live, a sing a long choir and electric street art projected on the walls. The event will be hosted by CBC’s Garvia Bailey and the lights off countdown will start at 8:30pm. They ask people to bring their own lanterns, glow sticks, candles and flashlights to help celebrate. Here is my YouTube video of the 2010 celebration and the lights going out in Toronto below.

“In 2007, WWF-Australia inspired Sydney-siders to show their support for climate change action in the first ever Earth Hour event. It showed that everyone, from children to CEOs and politicians, has the power to change the world they live in. In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights out for one hour to take a stand against climate change.

In 2008, the plan was to take Earth Hour to the rest of Australia. But then the City of Toronto, Canada, signed up and it wasn’t long before 35 countries and almost 400 cities and towns were part of the event. 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, 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 rolled out around the Earth.

In 2011, Earth Hour saw hundreds of millions of people across 135 countries switch off for an hour. But it also marked the start of something new – going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action on climate change.”

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