Earth Hour is a global movement organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). It is held annually in late March and asks households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour.
Earth Hour is about more than just switching off lights for 60 minutes a year. It’s about focusing on the small actions that individuals can take to reduce their energy consumption and environmental footprint. Simple changes in lifestyle choices can make a big difference to your individual environmental impact. Earth Hour gives people the chance to talk about these lifestyle choices, and to work together to tackle the challenge of climate change.
University of Alberta's Earth Hour programming focuses on bring those actions beyond the hour into focus.
The Earth Hour Race brings together paired competitors from Edmonton post-secondary institutions to compete in a series of skill and endurance testing challenges. Challenges highlight themes related to environmental conservation, social justice, and economic sustainability. The race takes place in the afternoon before Earth Hour.
The Darkest Tower Challenge takes place in the weeks leading up to Earth Hour. Residents in Lister Hall lower their electricity and hot water use to see which residence tower can make the biggest savings. The winning tower earns a shared, community prize such as a tower-wide pizza party.