Earth Hour Vancouver

Comments 37 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Earth Hour is happening Saturday March 27, 2010 from 8:30pm until 9:30pm, whichever timezone you are in. During this time, individuals and businesses are encouraged to turn off all unnecessary items that are plugged in, starting with the lights. The difference made in this single hour, around the globe, is measurable and a sign that many do care about climate change.

In support of spreading awareness about climate change, many communities get together to host Earth Hour events and you can share your support using their social media toolkit. Even the NBA’s Steve Nash is getting in on the action on BC Hydro’s Earth Hour site.

Earth Hour Events in BC

  • City of Surrey – Live entertainment at Central City plaza
  • Victoria – Earth Hour bike ride
  • Whistler – Village-wide Earth Hour power down
  • Sechelt – Meet at Seaside Centre and celebrate on Civic Square
  • Restaurants in Vancouver will have special Earth Hour deals or events such as Miku and Elixir
  • Follow Earth Hour Canada (a WWF initiative) on Twitter or Facebook for updates. You can also tag your tweets #EarthHour leading up to the event.

    Contest
    Canadian Tire, who sponsored a contest with me during the Olympics, approached me to give away two Earth Hour power-saving kits to my readers.

    The prize pack includes:

  • Blue Planet Energy Meter
  • Indoor Timer
  • Eco-Bright Metal LED Garden Lights (6 pack)
  • Programmable Outdoor Timer
  • Programmable Power Bar
  • 8 outlet space save saver plug
  • Safety Eco CFL bulb
  • Approximate value $175.00
  • To enter to win this prize pack (I have two to give away), please leave a comment noting how you’ll participate in Earth Hour this year.

    You may also re-tweet to enter to win by copying & pasting the following text:

  • Enter to win an #EarthHour prize pack from Canadian Tire & @Miss604 http://bit.ly/bZQk8q
  • I’ll draw the winner Wednesday so that Canadian Tire can ship out the prizes in time for Earth Hour on Saturday.

    Update March 24, 2010 I have just drawn the winners and they are Jeremy (comment entry) and @maracreighton (Twitter entry). Congratulations!

    37 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

    1. OanaMonday, March 22nd, 2010 — 10:20am PDT

      I’m planning a candlelit dinner with my husband.

    2. BekkiMonday, March 22nd, 2010 — 10:22am PDT

      I will read a book by candle light only. Hopefully I can have dinner made before that because I will just be getting home from work.

    3. LBMonday, March 22nd, 2010 — 10:29am PDT

      My earth hour celebrations are always low key – I unplug absolutely everything and enjoy a quiet evening. My favorite part is looking out my window to see how many apartments have gone dark in the West End – hopefully more this year than last!

    4. Fiona BurrowsMonday, March 22nd, 2010 — 10:43am PDT

      Shutting down as many energy-consuming items in my home and enjoying a candlelit chat with my hubby.

    5. ameliaMonday, March 22nd, 2010 — 10:55am PDT

      Unplugging all extraneous electronic devices. Perhaps getting together with friends and having wine & cheese by candlelight!

    6. KarlMonday, March 22nd, 2010 — 11:17am PDT

      Will participate like every year, we usually stay home and just play cards by candlelight.

    7. SanazMonday, March 22nd, 2010 — 1:10pm PDT

      I’ll be celebrating by turning off my lights, all electronics:)

    8. HeatherMonday, March 22nd, 2010 — 1:11pm PDT

      I will likely be doing the same thing I did last year… realising how difficult it is to get ready to go out without lights!

    9. Tiffany R WMonday, March 22nd, 2010 — 5:47pm PDT

      I will of course be shutting off the lights. During this time it will doing activities that people have been doing ages without light, talking with family and friends and even trying things that require light. It’s just more fun that way.

    10. Steph :)Monday, March 22nd, 2010 — 11:52pm PDT

      I will unplug as much as I can and then take a nap!

    11. Tyler IngramTuesday, March 23rd, 2010 — 8:53am PDT

      I’m heading up to Cypress’ Lookout to see how much of Vancouver becomes dark. Yes I understand that it isn’t energy saving, but I already keep things unplugged when not in use. Lights rarely come on in our place too hehe

    12. JaniceTuesday, March 23rd, 2010 — 10:36am PDT

      I’ll be playing board games with my husband by using candle lights.

    13. JanTuesday, March 23rd, 2010 — 10:38am PDT

      My wife and I will be gazing at stars while being bundled up in blankets.

    14. LarissaTuesday, March 23rd, 2010 — 3:42pm PDT

      I’ll be turning off the lights and unplugging the electronics to enjoy an hour (or three!) of beautiful silence.

    15. DilaraTuesday, March 23rd, 2010 — 4:13pm PDT

      I’ll be celebrating by turning off all lights & electronics and having a romantic candle-lit dinner with my fiancee.

    16. JanetTuesday, March 23rd, 2010 — 4:17pm PDT

      I’m going to turn off all the lights in my house, unplug electronics and play some cards by candle light!

    17. RobTuesday, March 23rd, 2010 — 4:25pm PDT

      Earth hour? Make it Earth day, picnic outside, enjoy the Spring, fresh foods and good fun.

    18. DomTuesday, March 23rd, 2010 — 4:55pm PDT

      I’ll be putting my son down to sleep then so it’ll be bedtime stories by candle light. All light and electronics off, listening to the neighbourhood sounds.

    19. DianeTuesday, March 23rd, 2010 — 5:05pm PDT

      I haven’t participated in Earth Hour in previous years so this time I will turn off all the lights, computer, tv, and radio and take a nap 🙂

    20. mike313Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 — 5:54pm PDT

      Turning all the necessities I usually use, such as my tv, computer, and my lamp, and attend the live entertainment at central plaza =D

    21. JenTuesday, March 23rd, 2010 — 8:33pm PDT

      I will do the same as last year. Our home turned off all the lights, sat by candle light and played board games!

    22. JeremyTuesday, March 23rd, 2010 — 8:34pm PDT

      Have a quiet night at home by the fire, without the lights or electricity on.

    23. RennTuesday, March 23rd, 2010 — 9:03pm PDT

      I will turn off the lights, unplug the heater, and warm up with some hot choco.

    24. LincolnWednesday, March 24th, 2010 — 1:08am PDT

      Candle light with left over cold pizza!

    25. AkemiWednesday, March 24th, 2010 — 5:49am PDT

      Turning off all electronics and consuming as little as possible.

    26. Vince YimWednesday, March 24th, 2010 — 8:54am PDT

      Unplugging everything in my apartment except for my fridge and playing environmentally themed songs non-stop on my acoustic guitar. Set list will include Big Yellow Taxi and Heal the World. Therefore, replacing greenhouse gas emissions with noise pollution.

    27. Sabrina Chen-SeeWednesday, March 24th, 2010 — 10:51am PDT

      We will read bedtime stories by hand-crank-powered flashlight, then my husband and I will take a little nap, too, or star-gaze if it’s a clear night.

    28. Olaf SchrothWednesday, March 24th, 2010 — 11:41am PDT

      I’ll unplug all the electric stuff in my apartment and go for a walk along the beach.

    29. maddyWednesday, March 24th, 2010 — 11:44am PDT

      Turn off the lights and take a nap!

    30. KarenWednesday, March 24th, 2010 — 11:51am PDT

      We’ll be celebrating our daughter’s birthday with a candlelit meal. Family and friends, good food, presents and cake.

    31. RayRayWednesday, March 24th, 2010 — 11:52am PDT

      I’m usually power smart but if I’m home that hour then I’ll have a black out and take a nap.

    32. SeaBreezeWednesday, March 24th, 2010 — 11:52am PDT

      I will be running outside during this time and ensure that I have unplugged the unused electronics in my house prior to setting out for this workout

    33. Mike VardyWednesday, March 24th, 2010 — 11:53am PDT

      8:30 pm: Reading my daughter a bedtime story by scented candlelight…character voices and all.

      8:50 pm: Moving said candle to writing desk and start writing…no laptop…just a nice pen and my Moleskine as my wife reads by candlelight in the next room.*

      *Odds are I’ll be sipping a glass of red wine during this process.

    34. GraemeWednesday, March 24th, 2010 — 11:58am PDT

      I’ll be playing board games by candlelight.

    35. Anne BergerWednesday, March 24th, 2010 — 11:59am PDT

      I’ll have a potluck with my friends by candlelight ^^ !

    36. annelaure massonWednesday, March 24th, 2010 — 1:03pm PDT

      I will just sit in the dark for an hour and not utter a word..hooooo

    37. sean fyresiteTuesday, October 12th, 2010 — 4:24pm PDT

      I participated with my family in this celebration with no lights it was a lot of fun!

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