What are you doing for Earth Hour?

Earth Hour This Saturday, hundreds of millions of people around the globe will observe Earth Hour by turning off their lights for one hour beginning at 8:30pm local time. Families, offices, businesses, and cities will join together to conserve energy and show their united support for environmental awareness and responsibility.

On March 27 at 5:30pm, Torontonians and friends will gather at Yonge-Dundas Square for an evening of fun-filled, family-friendly activities including arts & crafts, face painters, street performers, and more! There will be Earth Hour Wishing Trees, where people can share their personal wishes for the Earth and pledges for personal contributions to change. The event includes a free concert with performances by R&B artist Jarvis Church and singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk.

If joining thousands on the street isn't your thing, there are countless other ways to enjoy a technology-free evening with friends, family, or on your own. Maybe you'll simply turn off all but one lamp and flip though a magazine, or have some friends over to play board games. You might enjoy a candle-lit dinner with your partner or head to an area where you can view the city unplug from afar.

If, like so many others, you would love to make every hour Earth Hour, here are 10 easy ways you can start:

1. Leave the car at home
2. Eat local
3. Fly less
4. Be energy efficient
5. Use green power
6. Get a home energy audit – and act on it!
7. Hang dry your clothes
8. Work from home
9. Unplug unused appliances
10. Tell your local official

Read more about making every hour Earth Hour.

Toronto's Skyline

In 2009 the city of Toronto saw a decrease of 15.1% of electricity during Earth Hour, up from 8.7% in 2008. I'm sure this year we'll see an even bigger decrease. Imagine if we did this more than once a year.

Join the movement and check out what events are happening in your city at www.earthhour.org.

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