Chance to participate in annual Earth hour coming soon

What will you be doing this Saturday?

On 8:30 p.m. on March 28, if you turn off the lights and electrical appliances of your business and/or home for the hour, you will be joining millions of others attempting to raise awareness for the need to live a greener life.

Earth hour, which began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 as an attempt to reduce energy consumption and cut carbon emissions, is now an annual event created by the World Wide Fund for Nature/World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that achieved heightened popularity with international participation for the first time in 2008. Last year, 35 countries made the event a success and there are 82 countries and more than 2100 cities expected to participate in 2009. The City of Edmonton will be turning off all non-essential facility lighting at City Hall, Century Place and Chancery Hall and at as many other City facilities owned or leased, as practically possible. Will you take part?

To view how other countries, communities and families plan to participate or to sign up to get useful tips and tools to reduce your carbon footprint on the 28th and everyday, visit the official website

The annual and successful Earth Day takes place on April 22. For more information on this event visit