You’ve got less than three weeks to prepare yourself for Earth Hour on Saturday, March 29. That’s when people around the world are being encouraged to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about global warming. Toronto was the first Canadian city to sign up for the international event late last year, and has since been joined by most other GTA municipalities, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, and many more—close to 50 cities across the country at last count.
Toronto’s lofty goal of one million participants has some people wondering what half the city is going to do for that hour if they’re not sitting at home in their brightly-lit living rooms. A few of those people will now be heading down to Nathan Phillips Square, where Nelly Furtado will be giving a free concert starting at 7:30 p.m. The acoustic concert will be carbon-neutral, thanks to electricity purchased from green energy provider Bullfrog Power.
Add your name to the global list of participants at the Earth Hour web site if you’re planning to take part in Toronto’s event. Naturally there’s a Facebook group (the largest of several) for tracking the Earth efforts of all of your friends.
Of course, you don’t have to go to the concert to participate. You can just turn off all the lights at home and do whatever comes to mind in the darkness. You’ll have an hour; surely that’s enough.
Earth Hour logo from WWF-Canada; Nelly Furtado photo by Shirlaine Forrest via Wikipedia.