Lights Out for Earth Hour 2009

Earth Hour is taking place Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. local time. 2,398 cities, towns and municipalities in 83 countries have already committed to turning their lights off for one whole hour.

Last year, it wasn’t really a success in Winnipeg, as most buildings remained lit.

Besides everyday citizens looking to make a difference to save energy, businesses are also hoping on board. Kildonan Place Shopping Centre will be shutting off their lights in the mall’s common area, including all front mall signage. “We are doing everything we can to lessen our impact on the environment, and bring attention to these important issues,” said Kildonan Place Marketing Director Corey Quintaine. “We’re turning off all non-essential lights off in the mall for Earth Hour, and are urging our tenants and customers to do the same.”

Best Buy and Future Shop stores across Canada will also be participating by turning off all outdoor signage, including in-store electronic demos, such as TVs and computers.