Tune in, turn on and switch off

Earth Hour promotion urges residents to turn off their lights to save energy

Parksville and Qualicum Beach will join communities around the world will marking Earth Hour tomorrow, March 31 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Everyone can mark the hour in their own way, switching off lights and equipment as one small symbolic action that can help make a difference, said Parksville communications officer Debbie Tardiff.

The annual event began in Australia in 2007 and has become the world’s largest global sustainability movement.

Last year, local residents joined people in more than 5,200 cities in 135 countries to save energy and create awareness for climate change.

British Columbians saved about 800 GWh of electricity last year, enough to power nearly 75,000 homes.

Earth Hour is held on the last Saturday of every March — coinciding with the equinox to ensure most cities are in the dark as it rolls out around the world.

Information and sign up is available at http://earthhour.wwf.ca.