March 27, 2010 — We're less than an hour away from the big event. Will you be participating in Earth Hour?
Tonight, at 8:30pm, city landscapes will be looking a whole lot darker across the globe.
What started off as an idea in Sydney, Australia has become a world-wide event in all seven continents, as people shut off their lights and participate in Earth Hour -- all in an effort to raise awareness of climate change.
In Vancouver people are already talking about what they'll be doing.
'I think I'll turn off all my electricity,' says one resident.
'I'll turn my lights out and go to bed,' says another.
You can even turn the night into something fun and host a candlelight dinner or theme party.
In Ontario, officials are looking closer at the numbers. The Independent Electricity System Operator says they saw a six percent reduction in power during Earth Hour last year. They plan to keep an eye on the power use again this year to see if even more residents can help reduce the demand.
The city of Moncton will be in the dark too. Paul Thomson is with the city and he says they're trying to lead by example.
'The City of Moncton turns off all non essential lighting in all of our facilities.'
Experts say even the small things count.
'After earth hour letís think about what we can do every hour,' says Tara Wood, spokesperson for the World Wildlife Fund. 'Be it leave your car at home, wash in cold water, hanging your clothes to dry, to bigger things like buying energy efficient appliances. We can all make a big difference.'
And we won't be the only ones attempting to! Dozens of famous landmarks all over the world will be going dark, including the following:
Are you looking for ways to participate? Make sure you click the links listed above for ways to make every hour Earth Hour, activities for you and your family, and more on what people are saying about the event across Canada.
If you ARE participating, we'd love to see how! Send your Earth Hour pictures to our 'Your Weather Gallery.'
The Weather Network will be providing special coverage of this event all night on TV, so make sure you tune in.