On March 28th, 2015 over 500 Calgarians attended Earth Hour celebrations in Olympic Plaza hosted by Open Streets Calgary, the City of Calgary, Eco Living Events, and the Climate Action Network hosted Calgary's first ever public celebration of Earth Hour! Earth Hour unites millions for climate action by encouraging global communities to power down from 8:30pm - 9:30pm local time. This year there were over 7000 cities world wide participating.
Although the day started off rainy, by the late afternoon the sun came out and dried up Olympic Plaza for the numerous festivities that occurred. The entire event was powered by bicycle generators; soundsystem, disco lights, and light shows. There was free hot chocolate thanks to Good Earth and the compostable cups were used as seed & soil planters for attendees to take home. 100 LED lanterns were decorated for the 200 person strong procession at sun down, lead by lion dancers. We had rockstar volunteers including an enthusiastic team from Youth Central. Some of the highlights were the "choose your alias" photobooth, bike generators with a choose your own song feature, and the Chinese dragon dancers who led our LED light procession. We had a blast and are looking forward to next year! Thank you Calgary!
It's the kind of great community event that is showcased in the We Are Cities - (WAC) campaign. WAC is a new campaign to engage Canadians across the country to shape a vision and action plan for how we can build exciting and healthy cities to live, work and play. Earth Hour is an example of the national campaign more voices are needed to create a movement towards vibrant and sustainable cities. You can play a part at www.wearecities.ideascale.com/ and voting on ideas or submitting new ones.