East Sooke Park/Kove Photography

For the first time in a decade, B.C. Hydro has noticed a decrease in the number of people participating in the annual Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund encouraging people to conserve energy by flicking the off-switch on lights and electronics for one hour, and joining millions worldwide to show their support for climate change action.

However, according to B.C. Hydro, this year, electricity use during Earth Hour rose by 0.2% across the province on Saturday – despite the fact that 7 out of 10 British Columbians intended to participate in the event according to a preliminary poll.

Electricity use during Earth Hour increased by 0.5% in the Lower Mainland, and by 0.6% on Vancouver Island. The Southern and Northern interior of the province saw no change in consumption.

Over 180 countries participate in the event every year. This year, Earth Hour was between 8:30 and 9:30 PM on Saturday, March 24th.

Did you power down for Earth Hour?

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