March 21, 2011 11:33 ET

Media Advisory: WWF's Earth Hour to Announce Canada's 10 Leading Cities on Climate Change

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 21, 2011) -

Attn: News desks/Assignment Editors/ Business/Environmental

Today, as part of the official launch of WWF's Earth Hour, WWF will unveil a list of the top 10 Canadian cities leading the way in combating climate change. The list, compiled in partnership with Corporate Knights, highlights some of the positive actions being taken by and the critical role of municipalities in the fight against climate change.

The majority of Canadians lives in cities, so creating healthy, liveable, sustainable cities – powered by clean energy – is critical to the future health of our planet. This Earth Hour, WWF is calling on all levels of government to follow the lead of these examples and take urgent action on climate change.

At its core, climate change is about energy: how we produce it and how we use it. Switching from non-renewable to renewable energy, coupled with energy efficiency and conservation, is the most effective solution to climate change.

Where: Evergreen Brick Works, BMO Atrium
  550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
  (This announcement will be live-streamed via webcast; details below)
When: Monday, March 21
Time: Remarks begin at 11:30 a.m. ET
Who: Josh Laughren, Director, Climate and Energy Program, WWF-Canada
  Toby Heaps, President and Editor, Corporate Knights
  Councillor Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver
Live Stream: Visit www.meetview.com/evergreen/

Canada is one of the top 10 nations contributing to global climate change, but we don't have to be. WWF asks Canadians to show their support for clean energy as the solution to climate change by participating in WWF's Earth Hour. Last year 50 per cent of Canadians participated. This year join over a billion people worldwide and switch off your lights on Saturday, March 26 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Pledge your support for WWF's Earth Hour at www.EarthHourCanada.org. (In Canada, Sears Canada, Citytv, OMNI Television and the Toronto Star are the lead sponsors. In Ontario, Bullfrog Power and Ontario Power Authority are the official sponsors.)

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