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5 places that keep the spirit of Earth Hour alive year-round

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, March 26, 2018, 8:35 AM - This Saturday, millions of people in more than 170 countries will turn off the lights for an hour at 8:30 p.m. local time as a way to acknowledge climate and climate action.

The initiative was started in 2007 in Australia as an effort make people aware of their impact on they have on the environment.

While the event does its share to thrust conservationism into the spotlight, there are plenty of places that keep the spirit of Earth Hour alive all year long.

Here are five of them.

5. Copenhagen, Denmark

Often referred to as the "green capital" of Europe, Copenhagen has the lofty goal of becoming the world's first CO2 neutral capital by 2025. There are numerous initiatives in place already, including a push towards organic foods and supporting a bicycle-friendly environment. 

4. Freiburg, Germany 

Freiburg is investing in the future, with bike-friendly lanes and solar panels covering 50 per cent of the roofs in some districts. Germany as a whole is considered a world leader when it comes to solar power usage, with an estimated 1.4 million photovaltic (i.e., solar power) systems installed across the country. the country's share of renewable energy sat at around 36.1 per cent last year --  surpassing the government's goal of 35 percent by the end of the decade. Italy isn't far behind, ranking as one of the world's largest producers of solar power.

Source: Clean Technica

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3. Vancouver, B.C.: Landfills

Vancouver is hoping to become the greenest city in the world by 2020 -- and officials have put in place a series of initiatives to ensure the goal is met. A $240 million makeover to the city's Old Stock Exchange building, for example, means that in its lifetime, the building is going to produce 85 per cent less greenhouse gases than a  Reducing the amount of solid waste going to landfills by half and planting an additional 150,000 trees in the city are just two more of the dozens of initiatives underway in the city.

Source: Green Vancouver


2. San Francisco, California

Named the greenest city in America in a 2017 survey, this city is working hard to becoming "waste-free" by 2020.

It's taken a hardline on plastic, banning the sale of plastic water bottles on city property, and has invested in rapid rail lines and buses that are powered by biodiesel.

1. Costa Rica: Hydropower

Costa Rica first made headlines in 2015 when it announced the country used no fossil fuels for the first 75 days of that year.

You read that right: 100% of Costa Rica's electricity came from renewable energy, courtesy of hydropower and geothermal plants.

Then, in 2017, the country managed to run on renewable energy for a staggering 300 days.

This was made possible, in part, by heavy rainfall that enabled four hydroelectric dams to run above capacity, enabling the country to temporarily abandon fossil fuel generators.

Costa Rica has a substantial amount of eco-infrastructure in place and is fast becoming a world leader in putting the planet first.


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