March 27, 2010
Saturday Night Marks Earth Hour 2010
On Saturday, March 27, landmarks around the country will turn out their lights from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm to raise awareness of a call for action to battle global climate change as part of Earth Hour 2010, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
First announced in January, Earth Hour 2010 will involve such historic locations as Mount Rushmore, the Empire State Building, the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Likewise, government officials in Pennsylvania, Maine and New York, as well as celebrities such as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, have committed to the hour of darkness.
In all, participants in 3,100 cities in 30 American states and 121 countries, including at least one on each continent, have agreed to turn off their lights for 60 minutes starting at 8:30 pm local time.
The Earth Hour concept started in 2006 in Australia, and the following year, the WWF moved to turn it into an international event to cut energy use and draw attention to the global warming issue.
"Climate change is real and it?s happening right now in the US, impacting our water resources, energy supplies, transportation, agriculture and health, putting our livelihoods and economic future at risk in every part of the country," WWF Climate Director Keya Chatterjee said in a January 19, 2010 press statement, calling Earth Hour "a way for people across the US to join together with people from throughout the world to signal their concern about climate change and send a message about the urgent need for action."
"Climate change is the most urgent issue facing our planet today, and we need to unite the world around meaningful action," she added. "With a simple flick of the switch, Americans will not only be sending a signal that they want solutions to the climate crisis, but they?ll be helping to turn the lights out on our nation?s dangerous dependency on foreign oil, and an unsustainable economic future. That?s a powerful message that everyone around the world will be able to see bright and clear on March 27th."
Image Caption: The Golden Gate Bridge will see its lights turned off Saturday night in support of Earth Hour 2010. Image Courtesy Daniel Schwen - Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ggb_by_night.jpg)
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