Participate at Earth Hour 2009 in Toronto

REDACCION / TORONTO
With growing concern about the effects of global warming, Earth Hour demonstrates that collectively people can make a difference. Join us on March 28th. Switch off your lights for one hour and send a message to the world.
Earth Hour is a symbolic event. Turning off our lights for an hour won’t stop climate change but it does demonstrate that our individual action is important and adds up to make a big difference. More importantly, it sends a very powerful message to government and world leaders that people want policies and regulations put in place that can achieve meaningful emission reduction to help fight climate change.
Everyone can participate in Earth Hour! And it’s as simple as flicking off a switch – literally. You can participate by yourself or with family, friends and just a few candles. Or check out what’s happening in your own community. There are many cities, community groups, restaurants and bars that participate or host Earth Hour events.
Here are some simple tips to make Earth Hour a success:

   1. Turn off all non-essential lights on Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 pm.
   2. Encourage family, friends and local businesses to participate.

WWF created Earth Hour to help people that are concerned about our planet and want to show their support for action on climate change.

Earth Hour provides WWF with the opportunity to mobilize millions of people towards global climate change action. At www.earthhourcanada.org, WWF provides the tools and information necessary to participate, while also tracking participation and measuring results.

As an international conservation organization, WWF is uniquely positioned to tackle climate change by working with all the necessary players – individuals, business and government.

Leadership from businesses and governments is crucial. They are the ones who can put the right regulations into place to effectively cause change.

The world is up against a deadline to stop dangerous climate change. In December, 2009, world leaders will meet in Copenhagen to try to establish an international agreement for controlling greenhouse gasses. This meeting MUST result in a commitment to a fair and ambitious climate deal.

Climate change is a global problem and it requires global cooperation to solve. A fair, effective, science-based treaty can be signed in Copenhagen if countries work together. Earth Hour will help signal to those government leaders that we want action.

But, each one of us has an important role to play too. So, participate with the rest of the world in Earth Hour and make life better with simple everyday actions to minimize our footprint — Help make every hour Earth Hour by joining The Good Life!

For more information visit http://www.EarthHourCanada.org

AT TORONTO CITY HALL

At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday March 28, the City of Toronto and its residents and businesses will join millions of people around the world and turn off the lights for Earth Hour to show our support for action on climate change.

Toronto is proud to return as a partner city this year, and with your help, we can build on last year’s tremendous success and send an even stronger call for action on climate change.

Did you know?
In 2008, Toronto’s electricity demand dropped a whopping 8.7 per cent during Earth Hour when thousands of Toronto residents and businesses turned off their lights.

Sign up now!
Sign up now to be included in the 2009 participant count, and find even more ways to help save the planet. With your help, we can turn out more lights than any other city in Canada — and perhaps the world!

Celebrate at Nathan Phillips Square
Turn off your lights, bring your family and friends, and join us for a free concert at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday March 28.

Presented by the City of Toronto and World Wildlife Fund Canada, the family-oriented, all-ages concert will feature Suzie McNeil, Crash Parallel, Karl Wolf, The Matt York Band, and Samba Squad.

Free Earth Hour Celebration Concert details

    Date: Saturday March 28, 2009
    Time: 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Lights off for Earth Hour from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.)
    Location: Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West (Queen or Osgoode subway stops)

    Who:
        *          Suzie McNeil – top finalist from RockStar: INXS; star of We Will Rock You; new album Rock-n-Roller
        *          Crash Parallel – alt rock band from Mississauga; former #1 on The Billboard Canadian Emerging Artist Chart
        *          The Matt York Band – acoustic soul rockers
        *          Karl Wolf – award-winning songwriter, producer and singer of serious skill and originality
        *          Samba Squad – high energy 20-piece Afro-Brazilian percussion troupe

About WWF
WWF (World Wildlife Fund) created Earth Hour to help people join together and demonstrate, through the simple act of turnings off the lights for one hour, their concern and support for action on climate change.

Through Earth Hour, WWF has raised awareness and mobilized millions of people to take action on global climate change. At www.earthhourcanada.org, WWF provides information, tracks participation and measures results. Last year, WWF pioneered Earth Hour in cities across the world and it was a huge success. More than 30 countries participated. In Canada, about 10 million Canadians and thousands of businesses participated in more than 150 cities across the country.

Live Green Toronto
Visit www.livegreentoronto.ca – Toronto’s very own one-stop website – for information, rebates and grants to help you live green. And learn about all the ways Toronto is reducing emissions and cleaning our air at: www.livegreentoronto.ca.

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