Celebrate Earth Hour, Vancouver-Style

Lions Gate Bridge with the lights dimmed. Photo: WWF

Lions Gate Bridge with the lights dimmed. Photo: WWF

Vancouver will slip into obscurity this Saturday, March 29 at 8:30pm, 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) is the 2013 winner – and host of the 2014 awards for – the “We Love Cities” Earth Hour City challenge, there’s no shortage of ways to spend Earth Hour in the city.

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Celebrate Earth Hour, Vancouver-Style

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…
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Celebrate Earth Hour Vancouver-Style, March 23

Celebrate Earth Hour Vancouver-Style

photo by flickr/taminator

photo: flickr/taminator

This Saturday, March 31 at 8:30, Vancouver is going dark. Residents and businesses across the city will be switching off their lights for Earth Hour – the largest environmental event in the world. Given that Vancouver A. knows how to celebrate and B. is on track to be the world’s Greenest City, there’s no shortage of ways to spend Earth Hour in the city.

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Celebrate Earth Hour Vancouver-Style

Free Brita Pitcher Giveaway on Granville Street, March 26

Want a FREE Brita water pitcher and filter? Head over to Granville Street (200 block) on Friday, March 26, from 11am – 7pm.

(Don’t wait to get there at 6pm though; you can bet those free water pitchers will run out quick!)

Brita is giving away 3,000 free water pitchers in honour of Earth Hour—the hour when hundreds of millions of people world-wide turn off their lights to support sustainability and bring attention to climate change.

Earth Hour is coming up this  Saturday, March 27. You can find more information on participating here.

Turn the Lights Out

I’m an armchair environmentalist, but taking a stand against global warming by joining millions of others in turning off the lights for Earth Hour sounds very, very do-able.

Starting in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour 2009 is a global initiative with the goal of one billion “votes for Earth” (people turning off their lights for one hour).

In their words: Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

Saturday, March 28th, 8:30-9:30 pm

In Vancouver, Yew restaurant + bar (pictured above) at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is offering a special candle-lit menu, one in a sequence of candlelit Earth Hour dinners at Four Seasons around the globe. La Terrazza is also operating by candlelight from open to close with a special dinner menu.

Get ideas for a special night out in your area at the official Earth Hour site, or get creative and just enjoy some quality times with friends and family – watch the stars, tell ghost stories, or play board games by candlelight.

It’ll be the easiest way to take a stand all year.