City Government to Observe 'Earth Hour' Saturday Night
The move is part of a global initiative to call attention to climate change and for participants to show their dedication in finding solutions.
The city will turn off all uses of electricity in major municipal buildings that are not required for life, safety or operations from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
Earth Hour began in one city in 2007 and quickly expanded around the world, with Minneapolis starting the tradition in 2008. According to EarthHour.org:
Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born out of a hope that we could mobilize people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.
The 8:30-9:30 p.m. slot on Saturday is the set time to observe Earth Hour no matter where you are in the world.
In Minneapolis, 40 percent of greenhouse gas pollution—which contributes to global climate change—comes from electricity, according to a City of Minneapolis press release.
For more information on Earth Hour, got to earthhour.org.