Canadian B.C. province to turn out lights for Earth Hour 2010

10:22, March 27, 2010      

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The Provincial Government of British Columbia has declared to turn out the lights at the B.C. legislature on Saturday night to conserve power for Earth Hour 2010.

Canada's CN Tower, normally aglow with light displays, is seen dark between office towers in Toronto, March 29, 2008. Non-essential lighting in government and office buildings as well as residences was turned off for one hour to publicize the effects of climate change. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

"Turning our lights off for Earth Hour is a great way for everyone to show support for the fight against climate change," said B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell in a press release.

"We all have a part in ensuring that we leave a legacy of sustainability to our children and grandchildren. Earth Hour is a great example of a single idea can grow and inspire people everywhere to take uncomplicated action that can make a difference, " said Campbell.

"B.C. saw climate change as the issue of our generation early on so we're already taking aggressive action through a number of policies from the revenue-neutral carbon tax to our commitment to be carbon neutral in 2010," said John Yap, Minister of State for Climate Action. "Conserving power is one of the easiest things we can do and each year Earth Hour reminds us that we need to think of conservation first and foremost."

Millions of people, governments at all levels, businesses and organizations across the world are expected to join together to conserve power by turning off the lights on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in celebrating Earth Hour 2010.

The Toronto city skyline, normally aglow with lights from office buildings, is seen dark during Earth Hour in Toronto, March 29, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

"I'm proud that the Province will also participate in Earth Hour, with all government buildings -- including the B.C. legislature -- turning off all non-essential lights," said Citizens' Services Minister Ben Stewart, whose responsibilities include government facilities. "I encourage public service employees to think about ways they can reduce their energy consumption as government works toward the goal of becoming a greener public service."

Earth Hour originated in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and since that time it has grown in popularity. In 2009, hundreds of millions of people in some 4,000 cities in close to 90 countries literally "turned off their lights."

Source: Xinhua
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