Earth Hour, led by the World Wildlife Fund, is the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. Since 2007, each year people all over the world turn off their lights at 8:30 p.m. on the last Saturday in March for one hour to help reduce energy consumption.
 
Each year, the City of Vaughan hosts an event to commemorate Earth Hour. This year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event has been moved online. On Saturday, March 27 at 8 p.m., participate in the City’s virtual Earth Hour event at vaughan.ca/live.
 
 
Looking for more ways to celebrate Earth Hour at home? Try some of these fun, energy-friendly activities and remember to always put safety first.
 
  • Switch off your lights for one hour at 8:30 p.m. along with millions of people across the world. 
  • Register to receive a free pollinator seed packet and plant a pollinator-friendly garden while supplies last! Vaughan residents can claim their seed packets by e-mailing environment@vaughan.ca with your full name and mailing address*.
  • Do a yoga session, read a book or play a board game by candlelight. 
  • Grab a flashlight and make a fort.
  • Make a paper lantern and go out for a lantern walk.
Bring a flashlight or a lantern if walking outside at night, wear reflective clothing, remain on the sidewalk or a designated pathway and always remember to keep your distance from those who do not live in your home. Wear a mask when physical distancing might not be possible.
For more ideas, visit the Earth Hour website.
 
*Personal information is collected under the legal authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001 c.25, as amended. This information will be used for the administration of this contest (to issue pollinator seed packets) and will become a part of Policy Planning and Environmental Sustainability files, where applicable. Questions regarding this collection may be directed to Policy Planning and Environmental Sustainability, City of Vaughan, 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive, Vaughan, Ontario L6A 1T1, 905-832-2281.
 
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What do environmental sustainability and energy savings mean to you? How do you plan to participate in Earth Hour at home this year? What are some energy-saving tips and tricks you do regularly? Add your ideas to the Vaughan’s Earth Hour message board!