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Canada celebrates Earth Hour today

Canada celebrates Earth Hour today

India Blooms News Service | 26 Mar 2017, 03:31 pm
Toronto, Mar 25 (IBNS): The Earth Hour was celebrated all over the world for last 10 years with the intention of drawing attention to climate change and showing everybody’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, media reports said.

This weekend, people around the world will be turning off their lights and powering down all electronic gadgets as part of the annual Earth Hour initiative. Toronto would be observing Earth Hour today from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia back in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) more to raise awareness about the earth’s environment rather than try to reduce power usage.

Earth Hour is a global event and participants range from over 170 countries in two dozen time zones.

Following are tweets by WWF

WWF-Türkiye @WWF_TURKIYE, “NOW! It's #EarthHour time in Turkey! @wwf @earthhour”

“Tonight global landmarks will join the #EarthHour movement! Will you join them? http://wwf.to/1SCBx0U”

“Turn up the volume on #EarthHour! Go live for #EarthHourLive at 8:30 p.m. your local time. Learn more: http://wwf.to/2lMCk4Z .”

“Hong Kong is now celebrating #EarthHour! Join the movement at 8:30 p.m. your local time.”

“#EarthHour has just started in Sydney and Melbourne!”

“We’re kicking off #EarthHour in Samoa! Join the global movement and turn up the dark at 8:30 p.m. local time: http://wwf.to/1SCBx0U .”

Tweet from  WWF_Australia‏ @WWF_Australia, “Well done NSW & VIC! Your turn QLD, SA, NT & WA! #EH17 #EarthHour #EarthHour2017 #SydneyHarbourBridge #jointhefuture.”

“Check out some of the artists who are using their music to support #EarthHour: http://wwf.to/2nvW7Gr  #EarthHourLive.”

Several tweets from the Earth Hour are as follows:

“Join millions of people tonight for #EarthHour! Show your for our shared home with a new profile pic. Try it! http://Facebook.com/earthhour.”

“Here in Poland we are signing a petition to help #changeclimatechange towards a better future for our ! #EarthHour #earthhour2017.”

“#EarthHour happens tonight at 8:30pm wherever you are. RT to spread the word! How will YOU ‘be celebrating the hour? #ChangeClimateChange.”

“Lights out over here at Fiji! Join us to #changeclimatechange this #EarthHour ;)”

“Kicking off the celebrations for #EarthHour 2017 over here in French Polynesia! Stay tuned for more action ;) #changeclimatechange.”

Other tweets from different sources pledging their solidarity to the noble cause of Earth Hour are given below:

Earth Hour India‏ @EarthHourIndia, “#IndiaGate switches off for #EarthHour again - such a brilliant symbol of India's support! Use ur power even after! http://earthhour.in “

NelsonMandela‏@NelsonMandela  tweeted, "Let us stand together to make of our world a sustainable source for our future as humanity on this planet" #EarthHour #EarthHour2017.”

The Straits Times @STcom  tweeted, “Cities and monuments to dim lights for #EarthHour http://str.sg/47Fz.”

Wired UK‏ @WiredUK  tweeted, “Prepare for darkness, #EarthHour happens tonight http://wired.uk/fVpJwu.”

Tweet from President of Russia‏ @KremlinRussia, “The Moscow Kremlin will participate in #EarthHour. Facade lighting will be turned off for one hour on March 25.”

United Nations @UN  tweeted, “Take climate action & turn off your lights for #EarthHour this Sat., 8:30-9:30p local time. http://earthhour.org.”

Ellie Goulding‏ @elliegoulding  With the remarkable Dr @emilyshuckburgh last night tweeted, “#EarthHour #MakeClimateMatter #ProtectWhatYouLove”

Tweet from UN Women‏ @UN_Women, "Join me in turning off your lights on 25 March at 8:30 PM local time," @UN SG @antonioguterres. Join #EarthHour! http://EarthHour.org.”

Amazon.in @amazonIN  tweeted, “Let's pledge to turn our lights off for 1 hour and contribute in the making of a better planet. Join us in the #EarthHour movement today.”

The cities of Kitchener,  Waterloo, Cambridge, Toronto and Guelph will also be participating in the event.

Still other tweets from a few cities of Ontario are:

Waterloo North Hydro @wnhydro  tweeted, “Go beyond an hour this year and make #earthhour, energy efficiency, and conservation an everyday thing not just a 1-hour thing pic.twitter.com/Ktn2FGnnEz”

Waterloo North Hydro @wnhydro tweeted, “Moving out of #Waterloo. We'’ll miss you, but don’t forget to close your account with us: ow.ly/yNNT304Xdcq pic.twitter.com/5jOryZOyex”

Guelph Hydro @GuelphHydro tweeted, Will you be turning your lights out for #EarthHour this Saturday from 8:30-9:30 p.m. #Guelph ?

Reminder to @tdsb schools & offices: Lights out on Friday, March 24th from 2-3pm as we observe #EarthHour http://bit.ly/1nzrDzi

“TDSB is shining a light on climate action with Earth Hour. Where possible, schools + offices will go electricity-free for 1 hour at 2 pm.”

Several Earth Hour walks have been planned throughout the city to mark the occasion.

The University of Toronto’s AstroTours would be celebrating special stargazing event. The evening includes a look at the cosmos via telescopes, planetarium shows, interactive demonstrations and a special talk from the university’s own Prof. Suresh Sivanandam, Mac head, gear head, and astrophysicist.

The event starts at 6 p.m., and although admission is free, online registration is required. More details are on the AstroTours website.

The InterContinental Toronto Centre hotel would be hosting a special event for Earth Hour by switching off its lights for an intimate candlelight dinner at its Azure Restaurant and Bar. Part of their profits will be donated to local non-profit environmental group Evergreen.

Dancing in the Dark with 17 songs to celebrate Earth Hour has become popular worldwide.

The WWF says this year's events include a choir performing by candlelight in Montreal, skating under the stars in Vancouver and candlelight walk and yoga in Toronto.

(Reporting by Asha Bajaj,Image Credits: NASA/NOAA)

Canada celebrates Earth Hour today

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