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Earth Hour - Toronto

Updated on March 27, 2010

4th Annual Earth Hour Celebration Rolls on Today Around the Globe

The fourth Annual Earth Hour was cranked up today with major cities around the world from the Asian continents of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, turning their lights off 8:30 P.M. to draw attention to the danger of climate change.

88 countries took part in the Earth Hour celebration last year and participants hope this year’s event would inspire world leaders to come up with binding rules on reducing pollution blamed for global warming.

Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales and church leaders urged the faithful to protect and safeguard natural resources during special prayers to be read on church radio for an hour starting at 8:30 p.m. The Philippines was hit by the worst global flooding in history.

Archbishop Rosales said “Failure of today’s peope to care for the earth’s resources is akin to stealing the future of the coming generations.”

WWF-Philippines said that Filipino residents in 1,000 towns and municipalities switched off their lights at 8:30 P.M. (8:30 AM Canada time) with the main event taking place at Manila Bay mall complex which included a street party and rock concert.

The shutdown is voluntary and traffic lights and other safety landmarks will not be affected.

Meanwhile,Toronto is hosting a free Earth Hour Concert and Community Celebration today, Saturday March 27 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

The free concert will take place at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto.

The live music performance will feature some of Canada’s top artist. The event will also hold family friendly activities including arts and crafts, face painting, buskers, wishing tree and more.

Earth Hour created by the World Wildlife Fund aims to call attention to the urgent need for action on climate change.

Small actions, such as turning off lights for just one hour, taken by millions of people globally can have a huge impact. Earth Hour participants also aim to create awareness around the world that drastic actions are needed to address Climate Change, pollution, and global environmental degredation.

The WWF-Canada Earth Hour event will be powered with 100 percent green electricity from Bullfrog Power generators.

Bullfrog’s electricity comes exclusively from wind and hydro facilities certified as low impact by Environment Canada. Bullfrog generators will inject clean and renewable energy to regional grid matching the amount and power used during this event.


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    MercuryNewsOnline 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Gee, thanks for reminding us of your sunshine state vacation. There is no way you can turn that light off in time for our Toronto Earth Hour. Hope to walk barefoot along the beach and share the daybreak glory of the Florida sun by October at Smyrna Beach.This is the best foot relexology for the whole body zone stimulation to build up the body's immune system according to my reflexology class instructor.

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    lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

    lmmartin regrets she is unable to attend due to prior engagement with Florida sun. Thanks.