Ah, you know it’s spring when all my favourite enviro-themed holidays start popping in the calendar. This year, that’s the only sign. Note current fashion choices of  cardigan + snowpants + Marge’s hat from Fargo … at the end of March!?! Thank you, Polar Vortex (insert sarcastic slow-clap here) ;-).

Earth Hour Canada WWFWith our ring-side seats to all this crazy climate stuff, what’s an upstanding (or downsitting) citizen to do? As luck would have it, everyone across the globe will forget about the Lohans, Kardashians, Anistons, and Beibers in order to take action for the world we live in. It’s the one thing we have in common, regardless of country, socio-economic class or favourite curling team.

Bring on Earth Hour! When? Saturday, March 29 from 8:30-9:30 pm. The WWF leads the way on this one (World Wildlife Fund, not World Wrestling Federation). Granted, I’m sure many wrestlers are also treehuggers – very powerful treehuggers. From the WWF:

On Saturday March 29th at 8:30pm, millions of people across the world are switching off lights for one hour – to celebrate their commitment to the planet. This year, you can do more.

… What started as an hour is turning into a global movement.

This Saturday, turn out your lights from 8:30-9:30 P.M. for Earth Hour and take a #MOMENTOFDARKNESS.

Here at UHN, we’ll also dim the lights at many of our buildings, though we’ll stop short of candle-lit surgeries or hand-cranked defibrillators. We encourage everyone at work or at home to participate in Earth Hour. Better than an hour is to keep that energy-conserving goodness for every hour of every day of every trip around the sun (that’s “year” for my science-challenged friends). We’ve had some pretty good traction with that.

Lots of folks are posting videos and tweeting #MOMENTOFDARKNESS on their thoughts and deeds on Earth Hour. Speaking of trips around the sun, Chris Hadfield is there, as is Jason Priestly, William Shatner and maybe you?

See you under the stars on Saturday!


Want to dig deeper? Go here: http://www.earthhour.org/canada