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Earth Hour: Events and Ways to Participate

This Saturday (March 29, 2014), Earth Hour will be celebrated between 8:30 to 9:30 (local time). For those who don’t know what Earth Hour is, Earth Hour is a movement organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to highlight them importance of various environmental issues and serve as a tool to educate the public about the importance of our connectivity with the planet and our natural surroundings. Since its start in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has become a global movement celebrated annually at the end of March. Earth Hour serves to encourage “individuals, communities, households, and businesses to turn-off their non-essential lights for one hour.”

Since 2008, Toronto and the rest of the GTA have been strong participants in Earth Hour, as the region hosts activities and events annually. This year, here are a few events/ways that you can participate in. All of these events plus a lot more can be found on the Toronto Star’s website here.

  • Spring Ceremony for Aboriginal people living in the Parkdale area features an organic feast, drumming, singing, dancing and more. It takes place Sat. from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. To get ready for Earth Hour, Huntinghawk Communications is having an “earth friendly” giveaway with beeswax candles, recycled pens, organic garden seeds and the like.
  • Ontario Science Centre celebrates Earth Hour with free activities – environmentally-themed storytelling, music and art; telescopic observations of Mars and Saturn; dancing to the star with an Earth Hour DJ set and more. Sat. from 8 p.m. 770 Don Mills Rd.

  • Lantern Walk through Woodbridge invites Vaughan residents to celebrate Earth Hour with a walk beginning Sat. at 7:30 p.m. from St. Margaret Mary Church, 8500 Islington Ave. The walk ends at Woodbridge Fairgrounds for a bonfire, music, speakers and refreshments. In case of rain, the fairgrounds events will take place at Woodbridge United Church. Bring your own mug and lantern or other environmentally friendly light source.
  • Earth Hour at the Observatory features astrophysicist Tom Bolton’s lecture “Light Pollution — How Richmond Hill Tamed the Light Bulb” at 7 p.m. plus a tour of the facility’s Administrative Building. That’s followed at 8 p.m. with some outdoor telescopic viewing and tours of the night sky and a sacred Aboriginal ceremony with David Grey Eagle and his People. David Dunlap Observatory, 123 Hillsview Dr.

If you want to participate beyond the local atmosphere, earthhour.org has various projects and events that you can participate in. The website has a vast array of resources available for those who want to further get involved with the Earth Hour movement beyond this Saturday. For a full list of resources and projects you can get involved in, click here and here.

Lastly, below you can find a gallery of how cities participate Earth Hour and the juxtaposition that is created on the urban setting as the city turns off its lights.

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