LETHBRIDGE: Dig the candles out of your emergency kit, unpack the matches - Earth Hour is coming to Lethbridge this weekend.
The global event, which encourages everyone on the planet to turn off their lights for one hour on a set day, is designed to inspire you to reduce your gas emissions. At the very least, it's intended to get you thinking about how energy consumption affects the planet.
Among the participants in this city is Lethbridge Ald. Jeff Coffman, who says he's sat in the dark for Earth Hour every year since 2008. Last year, he was home with his family, who used the quiet time to play board games and visit.
"It's really an opportunity to connect with family and friends in a different way, and around a very good cause" says Coffman.
He says the time also allows him to think about energy use in a different way, as a privilege rather than a right. Coffman says he encourages his children to use the time to think about people in the world who don't have electricity.
University of Lethbridge environment researcher Jim Byrne says it's those very developing countries that will suffer most from the effects of climate change, and that could cause problems here at home.
"They don't have the resources there to adjust, so we're either going to have to help them, or in some cases we're going to see millions and millions of environmental refugees," says Byrne. "And where are they going to go? They're going to be looking at big ol' empty Canada."
Either way, Byrne says the science on climate change - that emissions are causing the earth to warm up - is certain and clear, and that something needs to be done about it. He says Southern Alberta is already seeing the effects with more snowy winters and more extreme weather events.
Earth Hour goes from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time Saturday, March 26.
Photo by Country 95 News: Stewards for the next generation - Galbraith Elementary school teacher Wima Click poses with students from her grade two and three class, who participated in Earth Hour Friday. Click "play" to hear a short feature by Country 95 News' Marion Warnica about what the children are doing, and more from the experts (originally aired on Country 95 Friday, March 25).