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Orion11 03-28-2009 03:14 AM

Earth Hour, Sat. march 28, 09', 8:30 pm, Please Join/Vote!


On Saturday, March 28th at 8:30pm millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour, Earth Hour to join the largest call to action on climate change in history. Through every flick of the light switch you are voting for our elected officials to take immediate and lasting action on the climate crisis.

We all have a stake. We all have a voice. We all have a vote.

Turn Out for Earth Hour. Vote Earth

Earth Hour is an international event organised by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature/World Wildlife Fund), and held on the last Saturday of March each year, which asks households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. Earth hour was conceived by WWF Australia and the Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights.[1] Following Sydney's lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008. [2][3]

Earth Hour will next take place on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm, local time.


Earth Hour 2009

Earth Hour 2009 is from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time, 2009-03-28.
Currently, 82 countries and more than 2100 cities are 'committed to Earth Hour 2009', a huge increase from people participating in 35 countries for Earth Hour 2008.[4] 1 billion 'votes' is the stated aim for Earth Hour 2009[5], in the context of the pivotal 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Among the participants this year is, for the first time, the United Nations building. The U.N. conservatively estimates that its participation will save $102 in energy. [6]


Dantheman62 03-28-2009 03:59 AM

Re: Earth Hour, Sat. march 28, 09', 8:30 pm, Please Join/Vote!
I'm in except for the computer, LOL it doesn't like being shut off for some reason, I usually get a fan error or a funny hard drive noise so I just leave it on all the time.
As for lights I only have a couple on anyway so that will be easy to shut them off for an hour!
I'm very energy wise anyway, my electric bill usually runs between 40 and 60 dollars most of the year with an increase in summer due to the AC, and it's a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom house!

246 03-28-2009 04:01 AM

Re: Earth Hour, Sat. march 28, 09', 8:30 pm, Please Join/Vote!
Is it 8:30pm local time for each time zone, or is it coordinated to all happen at once?

Orion11 03-28-2009 04:15 AM

Re: Earth Hour, Sat. march 28, 09', 8:30 pm, Please Join/Vote!
Local time m'friend. :)

Dantheman62 03-28-2009 05:50 AM

Re: Earth Hour, Sat. march 28, 09', 8:30 pm, Please Join/Vote!
Here's some more about it.......

Some famous buildings will be going dark on Saturday including: The Empire State Building in New York City, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the Sydney Opera House, the Sears Tower in Chicago, Seattle's Space Needle, the Great Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Broadway theater marquees in New York City.

Even the flashy Las Vegas Strip will turn dark for an hour. Of course, the slot machines inside casinos will stay on, but almost all of the buildings and marquees on the Strip itself will be dark during Earth Hour.

For the very first time, the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign will go off. Spokespeople say that Vegas lights have dimmed for a minute when a local celebrity dies, but the Strip and the sign have never gone dark for a full hour.

Other businesses are flicking the switch too. The golden arches at McDonald's in New Zealand and Canada will go dark, saving more than 10,000 kilowatt-hours for our neighbor to the north. The Canadian chain says it has also saved 3.1 million kilowatt-hours of energy through improved lighting, heating, and ventilation.

Both Nashville and Los Angeles are U.S. sponsor cities, so the Nashville Predators and the L.A. Kings hockey teams agreed to reschedule their game in Nashville to 5 p.m. The game should end around 7:30 p.m. with plenty of time for the arena to turn off the lights.

Blackberry addicts can log on before Earth Hour to a special website from Research in Motion. The company is encouraging fans of the mobile device to log-off for an hour and enjoy the silence.

You can even download a free iPhone game to remind you -- in advance -- to turn off the lights on Saturday. Anything to get the idea across, right?

Auto insurance company Esurance will offset your car's CO2 emissions at no extra cost if you buy an auto policy before Earth Hour. Of course, the kindest thing you can do for the planet is to drive less often.


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