Minneapolis participating in "Earth Hour" to raise awareness of global climate change

The Minneapolis City Council approved on Friday, March 12, a resolution to join the "Earth Hour" program for the third year. For one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, the City will turn off all uses of electricity in municipal buildings that are not required for life, safety or operations. The decorative lighting on the underside of the Stone Arch Bridge will be turned off for the night, and City Hall’s clock tower neon lights will be turned off as well.

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. 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.

In 2010, organizers expect more than 1,000 cities in 100 countries to participate. City leaders encourage businesses and individuals to participate and support the effort to fight climate change.

Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. During Earth Hour 2009, more than 50 million people in 400 cities on all seven continents turned off their lights. More than 300 U.S. cities joined the Earth Hour movement to symbolize the impact we can have by working together. 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 the City's website.

Published Mar 15, 2010



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