Edmonton is preparing to go dark and be part of a global movement for change on Saturday.
The city has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund to participate in Earth Hour this Saturday.
Earth Hour is a global phenomenon that will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Communities, businesses and governments will be invited to turn off all non-essential lights and power sources to combat climate change.
The city plans to switch off the lights at city hall, Chancery Hall and Century Place.
There will be environmentally friendly entertainment at the city hall plaza featuring acts that will require little, if any, power, including a fire-dancing performance by local group Vibe Tribe.
By partnering with Enmax, West Edmonton Mall will be 100 per cent wind-powered during the hour and will turn off all fountains, fountain lights and lights at Professor Wem’s Adventure Golf Course.
The mall’s website will also have a lights-out design for 24 hours to support the cause. Users will still be able to use and view the site.
The mall is also urging tenants to participate by turning down storefront and window display lighting, but all stores will still be open for business until 9 p.m.
It is estimated that West Edmonton Mall will be offsetting its carbon footprint by
22,545.01 kilowatt hours by doing its part during Earth Hour.