Richmondites are once again being invited to take part in Earth Hour this Saturday, by turning off their lights for an hour on Saturday, March 23 from 8: 30 to 9: 30 p.m.
This year, the City of Richmond's goal is to reduce energy consumption by three per cent from its regular use, and it's calling for support from community members.
Earth Hour is an initiative by the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about the need for urgent climate change action.
This year, the city will commit by turning off all unnecessary lighting and office equipment in city facilities and turning off heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in unoccupied buildings.
Staff at city-owned facilities will be asked to turn off all unnecessary lighting and unplug any unused equipment, as long as it is safe to do so.
Everyone can easily participate in Earth Hour by simply turning off their lights and other unnecessary equipment for one hour, to make a conscious choice of contributing to energy conservation and reducing negative impacts on our environment.
For more information and to pledge your support for Earth Hour 2013, visit www.wwf.ca/earthhour.