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Everything just might look better in the dark.

Tonight, British Columbians are being encouraged to switch off their lights for an hour, joining millions of Canadians and more than one billion people around the world for the fifth annual Earth Hour.

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The worldwide event is hosted by the World Wildlife Federation and supported by B.C. Hydro within the province. This year’s theme is “Beyond the Hour.”

The event begins at 8:30 p.m. in every time zone around the world. Residents are encouraged to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances for an hour.

In Fort St. John, the Northern Environmental Action Team will be hosting an event at Whole Wheat & Honey Café. Residents can listen to live music while celebrating Earth Hour. Tickets for the event are available for $15 at the door and the event will run from 7 until 10 p.m.

In 2010, B.C. Hydro officials say they measured a more than one per cent drop in consumption across the province throughout the hour.

They also say that if all residents who had participated in last year’s Earth Hour continued their power saving for an hour every day, the power authority would save enough electricity to be able to provide power to an additional 2,200 homes over a year.

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Last year, around 1.3 billion people in 128 countries participated in the event.

For more information about Earth Hour, visit

If you’re doing anything for Earth Hour that you think should shine, let know by emailing [email protected] 



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