Today I noticed in the elevator of our building a poster for Earth Hour 2009 which is being held this Saturday, March 28th from 8:30 to 9:30 pm (Pacific Standard Time). Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

We plan to spend the hour eating dinner by candle light with a bottle of our favorite wine, Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin. If I am lucky Jeff might even turn off Hockey Night in Canada for the hour since the Canucks are not actually playing on Saturday. Click here to watch the Vote Earth Video. We hope you will join us in the dark.

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