Support Earth Hour tonight and turn off your lights: ITK

“For this symbolic hour, let’s all be in this together”

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Earth Hour takes place March 31 at 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.. (IMAGE COURTESY OF WWF)


Earth Hour takes place March 31 at 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.. (IMAGE COURTESY OF WWF)

On Saturday, March 31 at 8:30 p.m., more than a billion people around the world will switch off their lights to observe Earth Hour — and take a stand against climate change.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami said on its website that “Inuit appreciate” the symbolic gesture.

“Why? Because the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet are where temperatures are rising the most, and the fastest. As ice sheets melt, sea levels rise around the world. We continue to communicate to our governments to act, but for this symbolic hour, let’s all be in this together,” the website says.

To support Earth Hour, ITK said its website will be inaccessible 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m..

Earth Hour started in Australia in 2007 when more than two million households agreed to turn off their lights for an hour to fight climate change.

Today, the event has grown into an international awareness campaign to encourage households and businesses to cut down their energy use.

More than 1.3 billion people participated in Earth Hour in 2011, when more than 5,000 cities and towns in 135 countries turned off their lights.

Global landmarks like the Colosseum in Rome and the CN tower in Toronto remained dark for an hour.

Earth Hour’s promoter, the World Wildlife Fund, says the number of countries and territories participating in Earth Hour has grown from 135 last year to 147 this year.

In previous years, the City of Iqaluit has also participated in Earth Hour, turning off its lights and computers to support the event (with the exception of some security lighting and servers), and encouraging Iqaluit residents to participate.

Some northerly communities in Nunavut, such as Resolute Bay and Cambridge Bay, will just be seeing the sun set as Earth Hour starts.

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