Toronto’s past winter has had some record breaking warm weather. Talk about global warming! The issue if often joked about but any real tangible or large scale change isn’t obvious. We talk about turning off the lights when you leave the room, but what about if everyone in the city turned off all their lights at the same time? That’s what Earth Hour is all about. It’s going to happen March 19th 2016 at 8:30pm local time.
The movement started in Sydney, Australia and has grown to six continents and over 170 countries. This united, global grassroots movement is empowering communities to create local events around it. Participation is easy and the impact is global in climate change and local in community event participation.
Youth have always been leaders in action against climate change and Earth Hour is not different. Donate your social power for change to the cause and shine a light on climate action!
There are lots of ways to get involved with Earth Hour.
Host an event or activity:
Attend an existing event:
EarthHour created a map that shows the local events happening in your area and you can even add your own event! n Some events around Toronto include:
Spread the message! (here is a link to promo images)
Our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, attended the Paris Climate Change Conference last year and support for action addressing environmental issues is important. Kathleen Wynne, our Provincial Premier, is big on climate change as well so be sure to tweet her your participation in Earth Hour to voice your opinion on the importance of the topic. Of course Toronto’s Mayor John Tory can be reached as well to show that the city wants to see political action with respect to climate change.
Nataliya Kelbas is GTA-based urban planner interested in community engagement, environment, food security, transit and using data to tell stories.