Earth Hour

Earth Hour

March 24, 2009 06:00 ET

WWF-Canada: Communities Across Canada Gather to Celebrate Earth Hour

Find out what events are happening in your community; Canadians seeing the impact of climate change and taking action

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 24, 2009) - Canadians are getting ready to mark Earth Hour on March 28. Already more than 250 cities and municipalities have pledged support, and with almost 70 public events happening across Canada, there's something for everyone. From star gazing, to magic shows, to concerts (and even yoga lessons), Canadians across the country plan to celebrate Earth Hour as a community.

Led by WWF (World Wildlife Fund), Earth Hour is a global lights out phenomenon to demonstrate that individual action is important and adds up to make a big difference. To date, a record 2,000 cities and towns in 85 countries have committed to turn off their lights on March 28 at 8:30 p.m. But as much as Earth Hour is a global event, it is also one for the community.

In a recent survey, over 80 per cent (81%) of Canadians say they will turn off their lights for Earth Hour.

More than one third (36%) of Canadians reported having seen changes in their part of the country that they thought were definitely or likely the result of climate change. And they are split as to the effectiveness of our efforts to combat it. Forty-four percent are not confident that we can find a solution to climate change before it's too late, while 52 per cent believe we can.

"The hundreds of community Earth Hour events happening in cities all across Canada shows that Canadians see climate change as an urgent issue and that Canadians want to be part of the solution," says Gerald Butts, President and CEO, WWF-Canada. "I encourage everyone to make their voice heard by participating in an Earth Hour event, or by planning their own."

For a detailed list of times and locations for events happening in your community, please visit www.EarthHourCanada.org.

Cities and municipalities hosting public events include:

- Official Event: Earth Hour Community Celebration at City Hall

British Columbia
- Official Event - Earth Hour at Juno Fest - Vancouver Goes Dark!
- Fairmont Hotel - Nu Restaurant Lights Off Event

- Official Event - WWF-Canada and the City of Toronto present Earth Hour
Unplugged: A Public Earth Hour Concert Celebration
- WWF-Canada VIP Earth Hour Event at Tory's Law Firm (with Jamie Kennedy)
- Earth Hour Star Party at the Ontario Science Centre

New Brunswick
- Earth Hour Planetarium Show

Nova Scotia
- Official Event City Hall Community Event

- Party in the Dark
- Earth Hour Acoustic Concert

Prince Edward Island
- Stargazing at Tea Hill Park

- Ideas in the Dark by WWF-Canada and bleublancrouge

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a global WWF climate change initiative. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday March 28, 2009 at 8:30 PM to show their support for action on climate change. The event began in Sydney in 2007, and has since grown into a global movement with a goal of reaching one billion people in 1,000 cities in 2009. In Canada, Sears Canada , CBC, and Coca Cola Ltd. (Coca-Cola in Canada) are the official sponsors. www.EarthHourCanada.org

About WWF

WWF-Canada is part of WWF - the global conservation organization. Founded in 1967, WWF-Canada has become one of the country's leading conservation organizations, enjoying the active support of more than 100,000 Canadians. WWF-Canada works to save nature by conserving species and protecting their habitats; by ensuring our use of natural resources is sustainable, and by helping individuals, companies and governments reduce pollution. For more information, visit www.wwf.ca.

Contact Information

  • For more information or full event listings nationally
    please contact: WWF-Canada
    Tara Wood, Manager, PR & Earth Hour
    (416) 484-7710 or c: (416) 407-0775