Edmonton is one of five Canadian cities taking part in Earth Hour 2009, the “lights out phenomenon” led by the World Wildlife Fund. No matter your take on the event (I’m not a supporter), many people in our city will be shutting off their lights and other electronics for an hour on Saturday evening. The official time is from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM on Saturday, March 28th, 2009.
Here are some Earth Hour events taking place in Edmonton:
- The City of Edmonton is celebrating at City Hall from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM with fire dancers, face painting, and more. Lights will be turned out at as many city facilities as possible.
- All 17 branches of the Edmonton Public Library will turn off the lights and computers. Not surprisingly, they have compiled a great list of Earth Hour resources.
- The Edmonton Police Service will also be turning off all non-essential lighting in their facilities.
- All non-essential lights at the Alberta Legislature will be turned off.
- The observatory atop the Fine Arts Building at the University of Alberta will be open during the hour to observe the crescent Moon, Saturn, and a variety of star clusters and nebulae.
Know of any others? Let me know!
It’s a little silly to think that we still need to raise awareness for climate change (in my opinion), but that’s all Earth Hour can hope to accomplish. Last year, Epcor initially said that power consumption increased during Earth Hour but later revised that to say that consumption dropped 1.5%. In other words, it had no real effect. I doubt this year will be any different.
You can learn more about Earth Hour in Canada here or on Facebook, and if you’d like to register online, you can do so here. According to the Edmonton Examiner, just 1400 Edmontonians registered for Earth Hour 2008.