Thursday, March 25, 2010

Earth Hour 2010


This Saturday marks the 4th annual installment of Earth Hour. You can read the full history here. The first event was held in Sydney in 2007 with 2.2 million people and 2100 business participating. In 2008, the event grew to include 371 cities in 35 countries. 2009 marked more than 4000 participating cities in 88 countries. Will you participate in Earth Hour 2010?

For some local news, the Record posted this article.
The City of Waterloo pledges it's commitment here.
University of Waterloo Residences encourages students to participate here.
Waterloo Town Square is hosting an event, details posted by Renjie
If you're not in Waterloo you can check to see if there's an event near you here.

And... for a completely different view to give you some ammo to form an educated opinion, here is an article that criticizes Earth Hour.

Personally I won't be doing anything special beyond shutting everything off in the house and enjoying a candlelit dinner. While I am uncertain of the physical impact of a whole bunch of us turning off the lights I think the awareness aspect is the real benefit of this event. The more we know the better equipped we are to DO something about it. So grab some candles, a deck of cards, maybe a board game, maybe your guitar and enjoy some time without the steady hum of electricity filling our homes.

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