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Turn it off for Earth Hour

24 March 2008

Here’s the perfect example of small actions making a big difference – Earth Hour. On Saturday, March 29th, people around the world will be turning off their lights for one hour from 8pm to 9pm. Earth Hour originated in Sydney, Australia in 2007 with the goal of reducing the city’s carbon footprint by 5% for the day. Instead, they reduced it by 10%. Now Earth Hour is spreading all over the globe, with cities like Copenhagen, Toronto, Chicago, Melbourne, Brisbane and Tel Aviv pledging to turn off their lights at 8pm.

The message is hitting close to home as well: the Minneapolis City Council and Mayor R.T. Rybak approved a resolution for Minneapolis become one of the first cities in North America to join Earth Hour. On Saturday the City will turn off all uses of electricity in municipal buildings that are not required for life, safety or operations, including the decorative lighting on the underside of the Stone Arch Bridge.

“This is about more than just one hour or just one day,” said Mayor R.T. Rybak. “If we can make a difference in one hour, imagine how much good we can do for our environment if we practice energy conservation every day. As City government, there are many ways we’re working to be more green, but this is a great reminder that each of us can play a part in fighting global climate change by making smart energy choices in our daily lives.”

Many downtown Minneapolis businesses have agreed to participate in Earth Hour, including Wells Fargo Center, IDS Center, Thrivent Financial, U.S Bancorp, Historic State Theatre, Orpheum Theatre and Pantages Theatre.

Pledge to participate at EarthHour.org. Let’s see what kind of impact that hour can make in our world.

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