Earth Hour Toronto 2013

What Earth Hour 2013 looked like in Toronto

So Earth Hour happened on Saturday. Did you notice? You'd be forgiven if you didn't as the city once again showed only a modest dip in energy consumption during the hour-long event, which is observed in cities across the world. According to Toronto Hydro, the city sucked about 7 per cent less power than is typical for the time period in question, which represents a slight gain from last year's dip of 6.8 per cent. Back in 2009, the city witnessed a 15 per cent drop in power consumption.

So what does a seven per cent drop look like? Thanks to videographer Dave Dunville, we have a pretty good idea. Check out the 50 second mark in the timelapse below. What seems like an already well-lit city all of sudden brightens up considerably. Could it be more dramatic? Of course. Is Earth Hour a symbolic gesture anyway? Yes. Still, it's interesting enough to measure the collective effort put in on a visual level like this. As far as letter grades go, I'm thinking a C is in order, but I've always been a bit too generous as a marker.

Earth Hour Timelapse - Toronto, Canada from Dave Dunville on Vimeo.


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