Landmarks to go dark Saturday night for 'Earth hour'

Earth Hour, an worldwide campaign that spreads the awareness of environmental issues, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.

People are encouraged to switch off lights and unused appliances for an hour as a symbolic demonstration of their commitment to action against climate change.

As well as the big switch off, people are kicking off Earth Hour in various ways including a pedal-powered cinema night arranged by Exeter University students on Gylly beach and a musical display at the Senedd.

Tonight at 8:30 p.m. BC Hydro is encouraging British Columbians to power off for 60 minutes for Earth Hour's 10th annual event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund. After their successful event in October, the organisers chose to rally behind the Earth Hour being planned for March 2008. This largest social movement was first initiated in Australia in the year 2007, and now it spread to more than 170 countries.

"Earth Hour 2017" took place in Baku on March 25 as the city joined hundreds of cities around the world which switched off their lights for one hour as a demonstration of concern for our planet. Initially, it was started as a light-off event in Sydney where people are encouraged to turn off the lights for one hour in the evening to support the Climate Change.

When to celebrate Earth Hour?

It is not only about switching off lights for an hour and move on, rather it is for putting the issues on the spotlight right now the planet going through. The group also encourages businesses and ordinary people to turn of their lights for the hour, and nearly 40,000 have signed up on the website so far to participate. "This one small hour unites us around the world".

  • Carolyn Briggs