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Turning off for Earth Hour

Many Canadians turned off their lights for an hour Saturday night as part of a global and symbolic stand against climate change.

In the Okanagan, last year, there was a drop of two per cent in power consumption.

In New Brunswick the government-owned utility NB Power tweeted a picture of its Fredericton headquarters darkened.

Toronto's CN Tower turned off all exterior lighting except for aircraft safety lights and reduced as much interior lighting as it could.

Toronto Hydro tweeted that power usage dropped by six per cent during Earth Hour.

Organizers say Earth Hour shows how a small act — turning off lights — can have a powerful effect when enough people carry it out.

The World Wildlife Fund is the driving force behind the annual campaign to urge people to turn their lights off for an hour on Saturday night _ between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m local time in Canada.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Australia and has since expanded to involve thousands of cities and towns across the world.

Did you participate in Earth Hour? Take our poll and send us a note and a photo showing how you saved power last night. Send photos and info to [email protected]

The Canadian Press

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