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Lights out Saturday for Earth Hour

The City of Duncan is challenging anyone who will listen to turn off this weekend.

Earth Hour arrives Saturday, the annual international event that asks citizens around the world to turn off the lights for an hour in order to send a message about climate change.

"Climate change is the biggest environmental threat to our planet and the number one concern for Canadians," Duncan corporate services co-ordinator Tricia Mayea said in a media release.

"Participating in Earth Hour is a simple way to show you want to be a part of the solution and sends a powerful message to others that together we can make a difference.

Lights out is from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sign up online at ttp://www.earthhour.org/join-the-hour

Earth Hour was created in Australia in 2007, when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Earth Hour 2013 saw Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square complex switched off for Earth Hour.

Other global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Tokyo Tower, Buckingham Palace and the CN Tower stood in darkness.

In Duncan, only non-essential lights will be switched off, leaving street, traffic and emergency lights on for a safe and secure environment.

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