Minneapolis turning out the lights for ‘Earth Hour’ to raise awareness of global climate change

As part of the worldwide “Earth Hour” initiative, the City will turn off all municipal building electricity uses that are not required for life, safety or operations from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31. In addition, the City Hall clock tower’s neon lights and the decorative lighting on the underside of the Stone Arch Bridge will be turned off for the night.

Electricity use in Minneapolis accounts for 38 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to global climate change. Participating individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and demonstrate their commitment to finding solutions.

Earth Hour has grown from a one-city initiative in 2007 to a 5,251 city strong global movement, last year reaching 1.8 billion people in 135 countries across all seven continents. Learn more, sign up and share your ideas at www.myearthhour.org.

To learn more about sustainable Minneapolis and find out how you can practice a more sustainable life, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability.

 

Published Mar. 28, 2012