Friday, March 28, 2008

Will you be switching off your lights?

Did you know that North Americans consume more energy than any other country? Even countries that have a vastly higher population like China and India, use significantly less electricity than the United States and Canada.

Did you know that light pollution can effect the environment?

Did you know that lighting can also affect human health? "Research has been being done on the subject for years and it is well known that indoor fluorescent lighting can cause many health problems such as migraine headaches, fatigue, irritability and many other health conditions."(

Did you know that continuous lighting may destroy crops, trees and even wildlife?
"Light pollution is defined as the lightening of the night sky due to artificial light being scattered about, it is also known as sky glow. Unnecessary light not only wastes massive amounts of electricity, but it adversely affects wildlife as well." (

Do you want to know what you can do to make a positive change? Read this.

For further information, here is the link to the World Wildlife Federation Fund (WWF).

Lights out!!

A lot will be happening in Canada on March 29th!

Canada has one of the highest participation rates around the globe with over 150 cities participating! Check below for a list of some events and some of the iconic buildings and landmarks that will be turning off their lights Saturday. Check your local news for more events near you or host your own Earth Hour Celebration for your friends and neighbours.

The MacDonald Bridge, City Hall, Parade Square, Halifax Water Commission's main building and Nova Scotia Community College

The Parliament Buildings

Niagara Falls

CN Tower, Toronto Eaton Centre, Fairmont Royal York Hotel and Honest Ed's

Nathan Phillips Square - 6:45pm free concert featuring Nelly Furtado!

Toula Restaurant, Westin Harbour Castle - special "$60 Earth Hour" Dinner Menu

Library Bar, Fairmont Royal York - special "cocktail hour", including specially mixed drinks in honour of Earth Hour

David Dunlop Observatory, Richmond Hill - at dusk, star gazing

Murphy's Law Pub, The Beach - special candle light dinner with menu prepared by chef Shayne Legassie, featuring unique cold foods! 1702 Queen Street East

Public Pot Luck Dinner - 5:30 to 7:30pm, with candle light parade around the park and along the Danforth @ 7:30pm. Bring food reusable dishes and cutlery. All welcome.

Candle Light Yoga - with proceeds going to WWF-Canada.
  • The Big Stretch, 1560 Bayview Avenue Suite 303, 416-486-4448
  • Fireflow Yoga, 172 Eglinton Avenue East 2nd floor (3 blocks east of Yonge & Eglinton), 416-839-6621
  • Moksha Yoga Downtown, 860 Richmond Street, 416-737-8936

Science World of British Columbia, Olympic Flag, City Hall Clock, VanCity, BC Hydro, City of Vancouver, Lions Gate Bridge, Cambie Street Bridge, Burrard Street Bridge and Harbour Tower

Whole community!

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