Tonight the world celebrates the 11th annual Earth Hour from 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m local time.
From the CN Tower in Toronto, to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, all lights are encouraged to go out in support of climate change. Earth hour has become a spectacular display of global unity and a universal message of action driven by the collective will to ensure the future of the world.
Earth hour first started in Sydney in 2007 when more than 2 million people switched off their lights for one hour to show action against climate change. Since then, more than 170 countries in six continents and 24 time zones have all started participating in earth hour. It has become one of the greatest moments of mass participation ever seen.
Since the launch of Earth hour the world has seen other impactful initiatives regarding climate change. Last year, history was made at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Representatives of 195 countries discussed greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020. The outcome was the Paris Agreement, the world’s first universal climate deal marking a firm commitment toward protecting our planet.
You can participate in Earth Hour in many ways, simply turn off your lights tonight from 8:30 – 9:30 PM, sharing the message on social media, or partake in events happening around your community. Click here to learn more.
Here are a couple things to do in Toronto this Earth Hour:
Green 13 Earth Hour
Where: Lambton House, Old Dundas Street
When: 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
What: Bring your own lantern, flashlight or even a mason jar (provided with candles), as you walk down the Humber River in a serene display of community.
Parkdale Roncesvalles Earth hour
Where: Parkdale Library, Queen Street West & Dundas Peace Garden, Dundas Street West
When: 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
What: Two different start points, eventually both coming together, all for supporting climate action.
Beaches Earth Hour Lights Out
Where: Kew Gardens in the Beaches, Queen Street East & Lee Ave
When: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
What: Candlelight and paper lanterns will illuminate and brighten the Kew Gardens as people come together to support climate change. Live acoustic music will also be playing throughout the night.