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LiveSmart BC - Earth Hour: 8:30pm, March 26th

Earth Hour, March 26 @ 8:30 PM

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   Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007. This WWF event asks
   people to turn off non-essential lights and electronics
   for one hour. BC Hydro reported a savings of 64.6
   megawatt-hours of electricity last year during Earth Hour.
 

The countdown to the World's 5th annual Earth Hour is drawing near. The event occurs around the world on March 26th at 8:30-9:30pm local time.

Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever reaching 1.3 billion people.  A record 138 countries and territories united across the globe making this the largest voluntary action ever witnessed.  In 2010 over 10 million Canadians took part in all provinces and territories, turning out the lights in over 300 cities and towns.

Individuals and businesses in B.C. are encouraged to participate in order to demonstrate behaviour changes that lower energy consumption and support the Province's fight against climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Climate Action begins with greener choices that we can all do personally.  Earth Hour provides a unique opportunity to see the changes we can achieve collectively (e.g. darker city skyline) and also measure it (e.g. power consumption drop).

Last year, BC Hydro reported a power consumption drop of over 1% during the 60 minutes of Earth Hour, with some communities like Burns Lake decreasing by 7%! The province-wide reductions were equivalent to turning off about 1.4 million lights. Stay tuned to BC Hydro's Earth Hour page for more details and stats.

Even though British Columbia produces relatively low-carbon electricity, because power grids transcend borders, the energy savings realised in B.C. allow for reduced power generation in other places that emit significant carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere: thus helping protect this globally shared resource, the affects on which impact the world as a whole.

Earth Hour is hosted globally by the World Wildlife Fund. The WWF's Earth Hour Canada website describes ways to pledge and participate as well as promote the event using Facebook and Twitter (use #EarthHour hashtag).

Of course turning off lights, appliances and gadgets is only one way to act green and live smart. Other ways include dressing warmly and turning down the thermostat, closing the blinds at night in the winter, taking shorter showers, commuting by transit to work or school, planning your weekend car trips in advance and checking your tire pressure, insulating your home or business, buying local food and materials with less packaging, air drying your laundry, printing double-sided and less often, purchasing energy and fuel efficient systems to replace old equipment... the list goes on...

UPDATE: This year, get connected with social apps and Go Beyond The Hour...