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Earth Hour

This year's Earth Hour is happening on Saturday, March 24th, 2018 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.

Overall, in 2017 British Columbians saved 24-megawatt hours of electricity, the equivalent of turning off almost 1,100,000 LED light bulbs.  Let's try and do even better this year! 

Earth Hour provides a great opportunity for each of us to contribute to a truly worldwide effort. Municipalities are playing a lead role in combating climate change through transportation, waste management, building energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and renewable energy initiatives.

Earth Hour at City Hall

The City of North Vancouver is committed to participating in Earth Hour by turning off lights at City Hall, the Civic Works Yard facilities and the City Library. We are proud to participate in this annual event that saves energy and raises awareness about climate change, both at home and around the globe.

Earth Hour supports the City of North Vancouver's ongoing efforts in corporate and community-based initiatives for energy management and greenhouse gas emissions reduction. For more information, visit the City's Living City page.

Earth Hour in the Community

City residents are encouraged to participate in this united global message about the need for action on climate change. Together, we can make a difference!

Pledge to take part in Earth Hour to ensure your actions will be counted in the 2018 savings.

There are many ways to celebrate Earth Hour at home:

  • Don't just turn off the lights at 8:30pm, unplug electronics as well. Appliances, alarm clocks, computers, televisions and cell phone chargers still draw power even if they are turned off
  • Play board games by candlelight
  • Host an Earth Hour potluck with friends
  • Play flashlight tag or hide and go seek in a local park
  • Go for an Earth Hour walk in your neighbourhood and count the number of homes with the lights off.

Beyond Earth Hour

Earth Hour is an opportunity for us to consider how we can be more energy-efficient through our everyday actions. Saving energy is about using less fossil fuels. When burned, fossil fuels emit greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane. Greenhouse gases cause climate change.

Little changes everyday add up to big savings. If we all work together, we can make a significant difference. Here are some effective actions to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions:

  • Set your water heater to 49 degrees Celsius
  • Wash your clothes in cold water
  • Hang your clothes to dry
  • Close your drapes and blinds at night to help keep heat inside
  • Use your microwave and slow cooker more often; both are much more efficient than a stove-top or oven
  • Unplug your cell phone charger when not in use

Let's work together and make every hour earth hour!

Other Climate Action Initiatives

The City is tackling climate change with a variety of efforts, including:

  • Improving the energy efficiency of buildings
  • Creating improved transportation alternatives
  • Pursuing renewable energy opportunities
  • Working with Lonsdale Energy Corporation to expand the district energy system
  • Looking for ways to reduce waste generated in our community.

These measures all help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

The City is also committed to continual improvement in energy conservation through its building and fleet operations and in reducing the amount of solid waste sent for disposal.

For more information, visit our Living City page.

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