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isabel marant sneakers for cheap isabel marant sneakers for cheap ´╗┐Countdown to Earth Hour

Turn off your lights and electrical appliances for one hour one evening in March. Its called Earth Hour and it will bring a brief wave of darkness spreading around the world to symbolize peoples commitment to tackle global warming.

The public has become increasingly alarmed about climate change. Theyre seeing it in their daily lives, faster and worse than scientists predicted even a few years ago, and are increasingly impatient to see something done about it, said Jim Leape, director general of World Wildlife Fund International, from Bali on Thursday.

That includes Toronto.

Imagine the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre and the glow of Yonge St. all blackened temporarily, allowing city dwellers a rare glimpse of the stars.

Every person, every business and every government has a shared duty to fight climate change, said Toronto Mayor David Miller, urging Torontonians to take part in the project. Where national governments fail to lead, cities can and must lead.

Earth Hour and the Toronto Star share a common purpose, to raise awareness about global climate change, said Star publisher, Jagoda Pike. This event is an opportunity to show how individuals acting together as a community can have a huge impact. Ultimately, we hope it gets people thinking and talking here in Toronto, and in cities around the world, about real solutions to what is arguably the most important issue of our time.

Toronto committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2020, and by 80 per cent by 2050. Greenhouse gases trap the Earths heat and, according to the worlds leading climate scientists, are altering worlds temperature and weather patterns.

Other cities committed to Earth Hour so far include Chicago, Auckland, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen, Manila, Suva in Fiji, and Sydney, Australia, where the event started last year.

On that March night, an estimated 2.2 million people including 2,000 businesses pulled off the grid for an hour, by dimming their lights, unplugging computers or switching off televisions. For that hour, the citys regular electricity use dropped by 10 per cent. isabel marant sneakers for cheap The Opera House sails went black, the Harbour Bridge darkened, downtown businesses turned off the regular fluorescent glare of the citys skyline and restaurants served meals by candlelight. The town hall temporarily went to sleep.

By all accounts, it was a huge success and a show by the Aussie population they didnt approve of thenPrime Minister John Howards staunch rejection of the Kyoto Accord, the United Nations agreement to cut greenhouse gases. Since then, theyve elected a new environmentalist Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

The public is leading on this issue. Its alarmed and wants to see the right action, Leape said. It is a political statement that we are going to join together and make a difference.

As the 13th annual United Nations conference on climate change wraps up Friday, Leape and other environmental activists still held onto faint hope delegates could bridge the gap between two sides: Countries, including the European Union, that are committed to deep emissions cuts, and others, including Canada, that wont accept numbers of any sort.

Canadas Environment Minister John Baird isabel marant sneakers for cheap said on Thursday that Canada wont agree to emission cuts without the United States as it would hurt our economy without improving the atmosphere.

Canada has been consistently obstructionist for the whole two weeks. So, of course, has the United States, said Leape. The question is whether the rest can overcome the resistance of those two and Japan and do what needs to be done.

One hour of darkness wont stop the globe from warming, but the event is designed to get people to stop and think about what is taken for granted electricity especially when its generated by carbonbelching coal plants, one of the worlds leading causes of climate change. isabel marant sneakers for cheap