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Earth Hour on March 27, 2010

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On March 27 at 8:30 pm, hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for an hour to demand action on climate change. But that’s just the beginning. Every hour, Canadians are taking small steps to lessen their impact on the environment. From hanging your clothes to dry to taking transit to work, those small steps add up to huge changes for the better.

The event that began in one city just three years ago has now grown to be the largest environmental movement in history! In 2009 hundreds of millions of people turned out their lights for one hour to show their support for climate action. Light the way again on March 27, 2010. Earth Hour is more than switching off lights for one hour, once a year. It’s about giving people a voice for the future of our planet, and sending a message to our world leaders that we want action on climate change. Take a stand, join the movement.

Sign up, spread the word, and switch off your lights on March 27, 2010

Political leaders around the world have not yet negotiated a global deal on climate change. The United Nations Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen last December fell far short of our hopes, and far short of what’s needed. Earth Hour 2010 is critical to tell world leaders to finish the job by quickly completing a fair, ambitious and binding deal to avert dangerous climate change.

In particular, Canada will be in the spotlight this year as Prime Minister Harper hosts the next meeting of the G20 countries in Canada this June, where the climate talks must continue.

Climate change is the biggest environmental threat to life on this planet – including our own. WWF-Canada has created the Living Planet Community to help Canadians make changes in their lifestyles to reduce their carbon footprint on the planet, and to encourage others to do the same. Small steps, when taken together, can add up to great carbon savings. Already this group of people have saved over 100 million kilograms of greenhouses gases – the equivalent of taking over 45,500 homes off the grid for one year, or over 16,600 cars off the road for a year. Join to be a part of the solution.

WWF, the global conservation organization, created Earth Hour to demonstrate that everyone can be a part of the climate solution and that hundreds of millions of people want action on climate change now.

Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia and quickly grew to a global phenomenon. By 2009, in its third year, Earth Hour grew to over 4,000 cities, including 73 national capitals and nine of the world’s 10 most populated cities. In Canada, over half of the Canadian adult population (over 10 million people) switched off their lights!

As an international conservation organization WWF is uniquely positioned to tackle climate change. Around the globe, WWF has built an enviable reputation for conservation. Thanks to a combination of science, partnerships, and public mobilization, we achieve results that count – now, and for decades to come.

  
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Posted by on March 15, 2010 in News and politics

 

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