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Earth Hour

What is Earth Hour?

  • Earth Hour is an annual global environmental initiative created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to generate awareness of and action around climate change

  • It began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and quickly grew into an international movement, with more than 7000 cities/towns from 162 countries

  • Richmond Hill has been participating in Earth Hour since 2008

  • Official site:

  • Join Us!
    From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, Richmond Hill will decrease energy consumption wherever possible in Town facilities, ensuring safety is not compromised. You can help demonstrate Richmond Hill’s commitment to sustainability by turning off your lights at home for the hour or more.

    Make it Fun!

    10 Things to do in the Dark
  • Host a lantern walk. You can even make your own lanterns.
  • Have a candlelit street party under the stars.
  • Go stargazing.
  • Go for a night-time nature walk.
  • Play an instrument or get together with friends for an acoustic jam.
  • Go camping in your backyard.
  • Indulge in a relaxing bath by candlelight.
  • Try an al-fresco dinner or picnic under the stars.
  • Too cold outside? Bring the stars indoors. Recreate a starry night inside.
  • Create some art in the dark. You could end up with a masterpiece!

    Keep it Safe
    If using candles while observing Earth Hour, please stay safe. Candles must be placed away from combustibles and out of the reach of children and pets. Also, use candle holders with wide, heavy bases to prevent them from tipping over. You should never leave a candle unattended; blow it out before leaving the room.

    Beyond Earth Hour
    Earth Hour is intended to inspire people to move beyond symbolic action and adopt lasting changes in how we produce and consume energy. We all have a role to play – every hour, and every day – in developing a more sustainable community.

  • Learn how Richmond Hill’s Environment Strategy continues and expands our efforts to increase energy efficiency and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Learn what you can do to use energy more wisely – saving you money while protecting the environment at

    Your Earth Hour
    What are your plans for Earth Hour? We'd like to know what you'll be doing to support the fight against global warming. To share your Earth Hour activities, fill out the form below and hit 'Submit'. Your response will appear in the column on the left for everyone to view. Please note that your submission may not appear for up to one (1) business day.

    For more information about Earth Hour, please visit

  • What Others are Doing

    My husband and I are inviting friends over for dinner. We plan on entertaining by candlelight, not just from 8 to 9 p.m., but for the entire evening.

    Mr. and Mrs. Smith

    Tell us What You're Doing (maximum 50 words)

    words left

    Tell us who you are
    (i.e. John Smith, The Smith Family, John S.)
    Yes, you may share my submission with others via the Town's Website.

    No, please keep my submission private.

    Click here to visit the WWF Website. Click here to visit the Earth Hour Website.
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