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Gearing up for Earth Hour 2012

Staff writers
March 30, 2012 — Will you be participating in Earth Hour 2012? The Weather Network has some tips on how you make the most of the 60 minutes.

Earth Hour is a great event for kids
Earth Hour is a great event for kids

This Saturday at 8:30 p.m., millions of people around the world will flick off the lights and live in darkness for one hour, all in an effort to raise awareness of global warming.†

The annual Earth Hour event started in Sydney, Australia back in 2007. Since then, more than 120 countries have participated.†

The idea is to live more eco-consciously for those 60 minutes If you're looking for ways to get involved, pass the time and have some fun, WWF Canada has these suggestions:

  • Use candles for atmosphere. A room full of candles can be sophisticated, while fewer candles can be great for telling ghost stories. If you have children or pets, make sure you keep the candles out of reach.
  • Board Games: Why not break out a deck of cards or some old games? Not only are they fun, but they'll add to your party's energy level.
  • Energy efficient potluck: Hold a potluck and invite your guests to bring a dish that requires low heat or no heat at all!
  • Stargazing: Since the lights will be out in most major cities, this hour will be the perfect opportunity to check out the stars. Throw on a few extra layers, set up some lawn chairs and look for constellations.
Earth Hour around the world

Canadians won't be the only ones taking part in Earth Hour 2012.†Dozens of famous landmarks all over the world will be going dark on Saturday, including the following:
  • Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza
  • Birdís Nest (Olympic Stadium) in Beijing
  • Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • The Las Vegas Strip
  • Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
  • Buckingham Palace and Big Ben
  • The Acropolis in Athens
  • The Coliseum in Rome
  • Empire State Building in New York
  • Table Mountain in Cape Town
Make every hour Earth Hour

Like the idea of Earth Hour and want to take it a step further? Here are few ideas from WWF Canada on how to make every hour an eco-conscious one.
  • Leave the car at home. Consider walking instead of driving. You'll get more exercise and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Eat local. Your food will be fresher and will save harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Fly less. Enjoy a local vacation close to your home.
  • Be energy efficient. Opt for home appliance with a high energy efficiency. It's better for the planet and will help you save money.
  • Use Green Power. Research if there are green energy providers in your area thatb provide your home with power generated from renewable energy sources.
  • Get a Home Energy Audit. It will show you how your home uses energy and where you can make improvements. It could result in hundreds of dollars in energy savings each year.
  • Hang Dry your clothes. Instead of using your energy-guzzling dryer, hang your clothes outside or in your laundry room.
  • Unplug unused appliances. Electrical devices draw energy even when they're not switched on.
  • Tell your local official. Write a letter or email outlining your concern about the environment to your local elected official.

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