The idea of a large scale switch off was coined and developed in 2006 as an initiative in Australia to engage the public on the issue of climate change. Originally called “The Big Flick,” the very first Earth Hour was March 31, 2007 at 7:30 pm, local time. In October of that year, San Francisco, California followed suit. 2008 was the first year that Earth Hour was held internationally. Earth Hour 2008 was celebrated on all seven continents. Landmarks all around the world turned off their non-essential lighting for Earth Hour, including:
– Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia);
– Empire State Building (New York City);
– Sears Tower (now Willis Tower, Chicago, US);
– National Monument (Jakarta, Indonesia);
– Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, US);
– Bank of America Plaza (Atlanta, US);
– Space Needle (Seattle, US);
– Table Mountain (Cape Town, South Africa);
– Coliseum (Rome, Italy);
– CN Tower (Toronto, Canada);
– Wat Arun Temple (Bangkok, Thailand); and
– London City Hall (London, England).
This year, the Mill Street Brewery will host “Lights Out with Mill Street” – candle lit parties that join the community in a symbolic environmental effort. Each participating restaurant will feature live acoustic performances over candle light by bands from Indie Week! Mill Street Brewery will donate $0.50 to Earth Day Canada for each pint sold.
On Saturday, March 25, we will be participating in lights out from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. We are pleased to have The Rifle & The Writer joining us. What’s even more exciting is that their debut album “Flowers of Chance” was released on March 20, 2017.