Sunday, March 30, 2008

Earth Hour: “Great Job Canada”

Promoted by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour was a global effort to raise awareness of climate change.

Yesterday, between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Canada showed its support of the cause in numerous cities across the country.

World Wildlife Canada reports:

Earth Hour was a huge global success! On Saturday, March 29, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. people around the world turned out their lights for Earth Hour, sending a very strong message to our government, and governments around the world, that we need to take action on climate change now.

Beginning in Tel Aviv and ending in Vancouver, the lights went out and the celebrations began. Many iconic buildings and landmarks around the world turned out their lights, including the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco; Alcatraz jail, San Francisco; Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia; Brighton Pier, UK and the Sears Tower, Chicago.

Canada had one of the highest participation rates around the globe with over 150 cities participating. Great job Canada! Many buildings and landmarks also turned off their lights. These included the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, Toronto Eaton Centre, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Honest Ed’s in Ontario; all buildings in which VanCity, BC Hydro and City of Vancouver operate; and the MacDonald Bridge, City Hall, and Parade Square in Halifax.

Thanks to everyone here in Canada and around the world that participated in the first ever, world wide Earth Hour! Your efforts and determination have made this an event to remember.

The Toronto Star reports that during Earth Hour, power usage in Toronto dropped 8.7% exceeding the City’s goal of a 5% power drop during the event.

- Annie Noa Kenet, Toronto

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