Join "Earth Hour" Saturday night and fight global climate change

Downtown Minneapolis shimmering skyscrapers will be conspicuously dark for one hour Saturday, March 28, as the city joins the global "Earth Hour" program and hundreds of millions of people worldwide to fight global climate change. Make a statement with your own light switch – you don’t have to own a skyscraper to make a difference. All residents and businesses can join Earth Hour, which is designed to raise awareness of the ways we can all work to reduce our impact on the environment. According to the State of Minnesota, electricity use in the state accounts for 35 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to global climate change.

The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor R.T. Rybak adopted a resolution to participate in Earth Hour for the second year in a row at their March 27 meeting. Minneapolis will observe Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 28. Most City facilities already use minimal power on weekend evenings, and as a focal point of Earth Hour, the City will also turn off the decorative lighting on the City Hall Clock Tower and the underside of the Stone Arch Bridge.

In coordination with the City and Lights Out Twin Cities, many downtown properties have agreed to participate in Earth Hour, including the three tallest buildings in the Minneapolis skyline – 225 South Sixth, IDS Center and Wells Fargo Center – and many more.

Minneapolis is considered one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the country, and the City has long been a leader in creating policies and practices that protect and enhance the environment and combat global climate change. Lights Out Twin Cities is a volunteer effort to raise awareness of energy use and climate change and encourage more efficient energy use by everyone every day. Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, and the World Wildlife Federation launched Earth Hour 2008 as a global initiative in which cities and communities turn out their lights to symbolize their leadership and commitment to finding solutions for climate change.

March 27, 2009

Published Mar 9, 2009