Today is the big day!

Earth Hour will start this evening from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recorded 207,473 total Earth Hour pledges in Canada!

Kudos Ontario for these great green works:

  • “Conserve energy and generate peak demand savings of more than 1,700 MW of electricity since 2005, which is the equivalent to taking more than half a million homes off the grid.
  • Create thousands of new, good jobs in the province.
  • Clean up the air we breathe – last year, four coal units were closed, the equivalent of taking two million cars off Ontario’s roads.
  • Over 70 buildings owned by the Ontario government will participate in Earth Hour.
  • In 2003, Ontario had 19 dirty coal units and just 10 wind turbines.
  • Today, the province has more than 800 wind turbines and by the end of 2014 all coal units will be closed.”

Every green action taken by every one counts in creating a cleaner and healthier Canada for us and future generations.

Happy Earth Hour in Ontario!

Happy Earth Hour in Ontario!

Ontario, Canada: Newsroom

News Release

March 25, 2011 6:30 AM

Ontario Joins The World To Mark Earth Hour

McGuinty Government Reduces Energy Use

Ontario is joining the world in marking Earth Hour by turning off the lights in government buildings between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. tomorrow evening.

Earth Hour is a global event highlighting the importance of conserving energy and working together to reduce energy use and tackle climate change. Everyone can make a difference by taking steps to cut our energy use at work, at school and at home.

Ontario has also been working to reduce greenhouse gases by phasing out coal, promoting conservation and building a clean, reliable energy system, helping to:

  • Conserve energy and generate peak demand savings of more than 1,700 MW of electricity since 2005, which is the equivalent to taking more than half a million homes off the grid.
  • Create thousands of new, good jobs in the province.
  • Clean up the air we breathe – last year, four coal units were closed, the equivalent of taking two million cars off Ontario’s roads.

These actions are an important part of the government’s Open Ontario Plan to build a stronger economy and create jobs, while protecting our environment.

QUOTES

“I encourage all Ontarians to participate in Earth Hour. There are so many simple things, like turning off the lights, we can all do together. Small steps by a lot of people can make a big difference in conserving energy, saving money and protecting our environment. Working together let’s leave a healthier, cleaner environment for future generations.”

– John Wilkinson
Minister of the Environment

“The McGuinty Government is proud to support Earth Hour as a symbol of what we can accomplish when we work together.”

– Harinder Takhar
Minister of Government Services

“Conservation is the easiest way for Ontarians to manage their electricity use, and a key part of the province’s plan to get off dirty, smog-producing coal plants and clean up the air we breathe. Earth Hour shows how small steps can lead to big energy savings when we all do our part.”

– Brad Duguid
Minister of Energy

QUICK FACTS

  • The World Wildlife Fund launched the first Earth Hour event in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Since then it has grown into an international campaign with millions of people participating.
  • Over 70 buildings owned by the Ontario government will participate in Earth Hour.
  • In 2003, Ontario had 19 dirty coal units and just 10 wind turbines. Today, the province has more than 800 wind turbines and by the end of 2014 all coal units will be closed.

CONTACT

Jonathan Rose
Minister’s Office
416-314-6739

Ministry of the Environment
ontario.ca/environment

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2 Responses to “Happy Earth Hour in Ontario, Canada!”

  1. lynn snodgrass says:

    Why should we keep the lights off when Ontario produces so much excess electrical power that it must subsidize the states of New York and Michigan to take the excess? This is nothing but social engineering by the New World Order freaks such as the World Wildlife Fund, Maurice Strong, Ben Santer, Dr. Suzuki, and Al Gore. The public is not stupid. This is utter and complete nonsense.

  2. editor says:

    Hi Lynn,

    That is an interesting point that you brought up. I have been pondering upon your point.

    Now, I would like to reply to your interesting comment.

    True, New York and Michigan are very power-hungry places. And Ontario is very fortunate to be the provider of power to our American neighbours.

    Keeping the lights off for 60 minutes, Earth Hour, is a good global game of connectivity of people from different cultures all over the world.

    It’s almost like in the movie, Avatar: how beautiful and wonderful when everyone connected by touching each other and shone brilliantly by the power and magic of love.

    Well, I think even when people all over the world connect just to show that they care about the earth and all living things on it by the symbolic act of turning off the lights for one hour at the same time, then that’s when our hearts became a little bigger and better.

    Hopefully, this global action of Earth Hour will impress, inspire and encourage everyone young and old to be good, responsible stewards of our resources.

    Thank you for your comments.

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