RECENT LOCATIONS

Close
Add a location
Edit your saved locations

Canada goes dark for Earth Hour


Staff writers

March 24, 2013 — Canadians joined millions of people around the world in marking Earth Hour last night.

It's not yet known whether the 13-million figure from last year was topped this year
It's not yet known whether the 13-million figure from last year was topped this year

The World Wildlife Fund, the driving force behind Earth Hour, said 13-million Canadians turned off their lights for an hour last year as they joined the effort to draw attention to climate change.

It's not yet known whether that figure was topped this year.

But Nova Scotia Power reported a drop of five megawatts during Earth Hour -- and Ontario reported a 448 megawatt drop -- enough energy to power some 90,000 homes.

Messages were posted on the websites of utilities in New Brunswick and B.C. urging all residents to power down to show their concern for the global environment.

Earth Hour is embraced by hundreds of Canadian municipalities -- but none more so than Vancouver which the WWF this year named its Global Earth Hour Capital.

It's a recognition of the city's efforts to reduce pollution that causes climate change.


With files from The Canadian Press

Log in or Sign up to submit a comment.




Comments





Take your weather with you, no matter where you go.

Get instant forecasts and alerts, right on your computer.

  • RSS & Data
Add weather updates to your website or RSS reader.