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Earth Hour is 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28th

by Catherine Muriel on 03/26/09

You can turn off your lights at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28th and Vote Earth for Earth Hour 2009 – your light switch is your vote.

Over 84 countries, 6,299 organizations, 21,014 businesses, 8,742 schools, 2,848 cities and towns are switching off lights in their areas for one hour – 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. across the globe.

By switching off lights for one hour people around the world you are voting to do something about global warming. The World Wildlife Fund is urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes. The results of the election will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. These world leaders are being sent a message to take action against global warming.

You have an opportunity to use your light switch as your vote: simply turn off most of your lights for that one hour wherever you are. Restaurants are serving customers by candle light, buildings are turning off lights, community organizations around the world are getting behind the campaign: Sweden is ringing church bells, Sydney Ferries are sounding their horns, and The Scouts, the world’s largest youth movement with more than 28 million members in 160 countries are leading thousands of community groups around the world to mobilize their supporters for Earth Hour.

Some of the buildings that will be darkened are Harrah’s Hotel in Las Vegas, Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro; Opera House, Helsinki, Finland; Nelson’s column, Trafalgar Square, London; Clock Town, Manila, Philippines; Parliament House, Canberra, Australia; and 28 French cities will turn off lights including The Eiffel Tower. Beijing has already rehearsed Earth Hour and will put the famous Bird’s Nest Stadium, the Water Cube and Pangu Plaza into darkness.

You can show your support by visiting the World Wildlife Fund website or just simply searching for Earth Hour. Your kids could have fun mobilizing their school by downloading banners, posters, stickers and getting online badges. And, of course, participating at 8:30 p.m. this Saturday.

Earth Hour: Your light switch is your vote.

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