Celebrate Earth Hour Vancouver-Style, March 23


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On Saturday, March 23 at 8:30pm, Vancouver will be plunged into darkness as residents and businesses across the city switch off their lights for Earth Hour – the largest environmental event in the world.

Given that Vancouver
a. Knows how to celebrate,
b. Plans to be the world’s Greenest City by 2020, and
c. And is a strong contender to win the Earth Hour City challenge,

There’s no shortage of ways to spend Earth Hour in the city.

You might notice some local landmarks looking a bit darker than usual…

Some of our most iconic attractions and hotels have committed to turning down non-essential lighting for Earth Hour:

  • Canada Place will dim the lights on its iconic sails.
  • BC Place has pledged to shut down its award-winning, multi-coloured LED lighting.
  • Rogers Arena
  • Pacific Centre plans to power down all escalators and non-essential lighting.
  • The Burrard will turn off lights and encourage guests to dine by candlelight.
  • H.R. MacMillan Space Centre will have a special showing of “Vanishing Skies” on light pollution at the planetarium, and if the skies are clear the observatory will be open for viewing by donation.
Canada Place before Earth Hour | Photo: WWF-Canada/Flickr

Canada Place before Earth Hour | Photo: WWF-Canada/Flickr

Canada Place during Earth Hour | Photo: WWF-Canada/Flickr

Canada Place during Earth Hour | Photo: WWF-Canada/Flickr

Other members taking part include:

As for us? We’ll be spending Earth Hour (unofficially re-dubbed “Earth Cocktail Hour”) dining, sampling and sipping at local eateries that have come up with some pretty creative ways to participate. With 29 of Vancouver’s finest establishments on board, the only hard part is choosing where to go. Top picks include:

So here’s our excuse to dine out on Saturday, March 23 (as if we needed one). Just don’t forget to turn off the lights before you head out!

Earth Hour is organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as a symbolic stand against climate change. For one hour, millions of people will switch off the lights, demonstrating how great things can be achieved when we come together for a common cause.

Staying in? Check out these ideas from WWF.

How will you be spending Earth Hour?

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