Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Some Canadians Turn off the Lights for 10th Edition of Earth Hour

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Some Canadians Turn off the Lights for 10th Edition of Earth Hour

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Canadians dim lights for Earth Hour


MONTREAL - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was one of many Canadians who joined millions around the world Saturday night in turning off their lights for Earth Hour.

Government buildings and monuments across the country also went dim from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time, including Toronto's CN tower, the cross on Montreal's Mount Royal and Edmonton's High Level bridge.

Trudeau tweeted a photo of himself and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, cuddling by candlelight Saturday evening.

"We're all on this planet together," he tweeted, hinting the upcoming federal budget would contain measures to deal climate change.

"Tweeting about #EarthHour is one thing. Tuesday, we'll put words into action with a budget that builds a clean economy for Canada."

Some of Trudeau's cabinet ministers also took to social media. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna posted a series of tweets and International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland also noted the occasion.

The event's main organizer said the leaders' support was a welcome addition to the 10th edition of the event, which was launched in Australia in 2007 as a way to draw attention to environmental issues including climate change.

"Seeing national, provincial and municipal leaders take part and encourage others to take part shows that Earth Hour is more than a symbolic gesture," said David Miller, CEO of WWF-Canada. "It's a message to change climate change that's heard by those in positions of political power."

He said a record-setting 178 countries and territories participated this year.

Canadians also participated in a range of activities in cities across the country, which ranged from a stargazing event in Westmount, Que. …

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