Will you be observing Earth Hour tonight?
Earth Hour has more buzz and momentum this year than in previous years.
- Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour.
- In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome's Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.
Globally, more than 2,700 cities across 83 countries are committed with more coming on board every day. The top five countries with the most city signups include:
- Greece 403
- Philippines 273
- Canada 258
- Australia 237
- United States 187
Canadian iconic landmarks that will be dark this year include Niagara Falls and the CN Tower
Earth Hour in Red Deer:
"The City of Red Deer will be turning off all non-essential facility lighting as practically possible on March 28 at 8:30 p.m., but we also encourage the citizens of Red Deer to help make the skyline go dark to show the world our collective commitment to action on climate change," said Craig Curtis, City Manager.
During the 2008 event, Red Deer consumers responded enthusiastically to the call for reduction to power consumption. The Electric Light & Power department saw a drop of two per cent in electricity consumption.
What will you be doing tonight to conserve power?
Some Resources on How you can save eneregy in your home:
- Standby Power a Big Drain
- Enmax Conservation tips
- David Suzuki Foundation maximize energy efficiency
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