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Lights out for Earth Hour

Canadians urged to unplug for Earth Hour

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Saturday, March 29, 2014, 5:28 PM -

People across the country are being urged to turn off their lights for an hour tonight as part of a global and symbolic stand against climate change. 

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) encourages people, cities, businesses and landmarks to switch off the lights at 8:30 p.m. local time. 

The annual earth hour started in 2007 -- and is aimed at showing support for environmental causes.

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Famous landmarks expected to turn off the lights include New York City's Empire State Building, Berlin's Bradenburg Gate, The Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the CN Tower in Toronto. 

Others include the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace in England, and many others. 

U.S.A. Today estimates more than a billion people take part. 

WWF Canada says cities have played a key role in promoting the event. 

There's no need to go hungry during Earth Hour. Try whipping up these cupcakes before the hour of (no) power: 

This year, it's also relying on homegrown celebrities to help spread the word. 

Canadian celebrities including Star Trek's William Shatner, actor and director Jason Priestly and astronaut Chris Hadfield have appeared in short videos meant to get people thinking about conservation. 

EARTH HOUR AT TWN: Tune into The Weather Network today and tonight for coast-to-coast coverage

The Weather Network will be broadcasting today and this evening during Earth Hour.

Stay tuned for:

  • Live reports from our reporters across the country ahead of Earth Hour;
  • Live coverage of post Earth Hour events; and
  • Reports and stories highlighting the importance of this initiative.

If you plan on celebrating Earth Hour in a unique way, we'd love to hear from you. Upload your Earth Hour photos and videos to our website -- you might see yourself on TV!

With files from The Canadian Press

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