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March 27, 2012

Earth Hour, Earth Day, Earth Week, Oh My!

Every year as we march into spring, we are met with a few eco-conscious planet-friendly sustainability advocacy and global celebration opportunities – which is great!  The difficulty becomes keeping track of which one is which...

Earth Hour

Update: British Columbians maintained their 2011 success. Read More at the BC Hydro PowerSmart and Fortis BC PowerSense pages.

When: 8:30–9:30pm local time, on the last Saturday of March.  This year, Earth Hour takes placed on March 31st.
Who: The World Wildlife Federation organised the first Earth Hour in 2007 in Sydney, Australia.  Since then it has spread across the world.

What: Turn off your lights for an hour to conserve energy.  You can also go a step further by reducing other energy-consuming behaviours like turning down the heat, or not driving a car.

Why: Taking part in this hour of behaviour change action helps to raise awareness about energy-related issues including climate change; it demonstrates how behaviours can be modified to make our lifestyle more sustainable; and it provides a visual example of how people working together can make a difference.

Highlight: Photographs taken during Earth Hour across the world show famous city skylines and landmarks with their lights off.

BC Hydro reports that Earth hour energy savings in 2011 was nearly twice as much as in 2010... let’s make 2012 even more impressive! 

Earth Day

When: April 22nd – always. This year Earth Day lands on a Sunday.

Who: Originally founded in San Francisco in 1970 by a US Senator, the history of Earth Day begins with eco-activism.  Earth Day Canada started with the first international Earth Day that took place twenty years later in 1990 which began a new wave of political attention leading to the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Another 20 years later, 2012’s Earth Day plays prelude to June’s Rio+20 Conference.

What: Earth Day activities, campaigns and events come in all shapes and sizes, from creek cleanups to recycling campaigns, from local garden luncheons to climate action contests.

Earth Week 2012

When: Monday 16 April – Sunday 22 April.

Why: During the week leading up to Earth Day, getting involved in local events and activities will help you learn more about the Earth as our shared global community and how we can make a difference to protect it for future generations.

Highlights: Share your highlights below!

Tell us what you are doing to celebrate Earth Week this year! Sound off in the comments below, and/or tweet using #Takeitup #EarthDay.




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