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Toronto — By Katrina Verweel on March 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm
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Support Earth Hour at Dundas Square

This Saturday, March 27th at 8:30 pm is the annual Earth Hour celebration where homes and businesses around the city of Toronto and around the world will be shutting off their lights for one hour for the battle against climate change. Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, and has become the biggest climate change campaign in the world. Last year, over 4,000 cities across 88 countries involving hundreds of millions of people shut off their power for one hour in support of the cause, and there are high hopes to make this campaign even bigger this year.

There are a few Earth Hour events happening in Toronto this Saturday. The main event is happening at Dundas Square (map); a variety of Canadian performers will be putting on a free concert from 5:30-9:30 featuring Chantal Kreviazuk and Jarvis Church performing live on the stage. There will also be Earth Hour Wishing Trees that encourage people to write down their own wish for the well being of the Earth to symbolize Canada’s desire and commitment to take action.

Schedule of events at Dundas Square:

5:30 pm: Street performers and Earth Hour wish collection begins

7:00 pm: Official welcome from Gerald Butts and Toronto Mayor David Miller with two musical performances

8:10 pm: Earth Hour countdown ceremony begins

8:30 pm: Earth Hour begins and Chantal Kreviazuk will perform

9:30 pm: Closing ceremony

For more information, click here.

Other large-scale businesses that will be shutting down their non-essential lights in the city include:

CN Tower (map)

Toronto Zoo (map)

Eaton Centre (map)

Sherway Gardens (map)

Shops at Don Mills (map)

Try to make it down this Saturday to Dundas Square to help support our planet, or simply shut off your lights at 8:30 pm local time to help make this year’s campaign another success.

Tip: Make sure to shut off all your lights before you leave home while you are on your way to Dundas Square.

Photo credit: aussiegall

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