AROUND THE WORLD:

• The event began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia with 2.2 million participants in 2007, and grew in one year to include 370 cities.
• In 2009 participation shot up again to 4,000 cities and 1 billion people.
• The goal this year is to have 6,000 cities participating.
• Canada is leading the global movement with more than 250 cities on board.

IN VANCOUVER:

Many restaurants and bars are going dark for Earth Hour, including:
• The Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Oru and Pan Asian Bistro will be offering a Cocktails And Candles soirée. The hotel will also be doing check-ins by candlelight.
• Twenty-five restaurants along Commercial Drive will be serving candlelight dinners. Visit thedrive.ca for participants.
• Grouse Mountain will be hosting candlelight dinners at the Observatory and Altitudes Bistro restaurants.

ICONIC LANDMARKS GOING DARK FOR THE FIRST TIME:

• The Whistler Sliding Centre
• The Forbidden City in Beijing
• The Trevi Fountain, below, in Rome