Turn Out Your Lights Saturday for Earth Hour

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The moon celebrated it’s own "lights out" during the February 20 Lunar Eclipse. Park Foresters can join Earth Hour celebrations Saturday at 8 p.m. (Photos: Rich Whitehead. Montage: eNewsPF)

Including 10 Things to do During Earth Hour

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— Climate change is perhaps the most significant issue facing our planet today. We are beginning to witness dramatic impacts as a result of the amount of carbon we load into the atmosphere. To alter the current course of climate change we must act now.

That’s why you are invited to join thousands of your Chicago friends, neighbors and businesses and millions of people around the world to make a bold statement about climate change on Saturday, March 29 from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Turn out your lights for one hour. Earth Hour.

As World Wildlife Fund’s flagship city for the United States, Chicago, a leader in environmental initiatives, is encouraging its residents across the region to make the pledge to help fight global warming by voluntarily turning off their lights for 60 minutes. Signature skyscrapers, key landmarks, theater marquees and shops on the Magnificent Mile will voluntarily turn off their lights.

ComEd,, the northern Illinois power utility, is a major sponsor of Earth Hour.

Earth Hour’s not just about cutting back for one hour. It’s about taking a stand and thinking ahead about what you, your neighbors and your city can do to slow climate change.

Seize the Earth Hour moment and change some of your outdated energy-wasting light bulbs to new, efficient and inexpensive compact fluorescents. Think of other ways you can cut your energy usage and trim your electric bill after Earth Hour has passed.

One person can make a difference. Cities, working together, can change the world.

Earth Hour is going global this year with many cities from around the globe taking part including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Chicago, Toronto, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen, Christchurch, Manila and Suva. It’s a global event and all the world’s citizens can join in. Anyone can participate by turning off the lights on Saturday 29 March 2008 at 8pm for one hour.

Earth Hour is about taking simple steps everyday that collectively reduce carbon emissions – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.

10 Things to do During Earth Hour

Here are ten different ways to spend Earth Hour and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions:

  1. Gather family & friends for a night picnic
  2. Dine in one of the many Earth Hour participating restaurants by candlelight
  3. Organize a family night playing board games
  4. Throw an Earth Hour street party with your neighbors
  5. Arrange a house party lit by torches
  6. Take the dog for a night walk
  7. Hand write a letter to loved one by lantern
  8. Sit in the dark and share stories
  9. Read a book using a book light
  10. Share a romantic night in with your loved one

One hour, Park Forest. Earth Hour.

Antarctica Earth Hour

Members of Antarctica’s Casey Research Station, located in the Windmill Islands just outside the Antarctic Circle. (PHOTO: EarthHour.org)

ANTARCTICA

In an extraordinary turn of events, Antarctica’s Casey Research Station, located in the Windmill Islands just outside the Antarctic Circle, will be hosting an Earth Hour dinner for its 19 members. Special candelabras have been being made for candles on the night, and sleeping areas and outside will be turned off.

The Casey team has gone to extraordinary efforts to embrace Earth Hour. Based in Antarctica, they’ve witnessed the devastating effects of climate change on this unique landscape first hand. The team recently shrugged off the bitter Antarctic cold to don Earth hour tees in the freezing ice. See image above! Casey, we applaud your efforts and are thrilled to have you on board!

Around the world – in Bangkok, Copenhagen, Manila, Sydney, Toronto and more, visit earthhour.org

Source: EarthHour.org