Friday, March 27, 2009
Paraphrased from Charlotte Center City Partners: "The City of Charlotte will join more than 1,800 other cities and towns in 80 countries who will observe Earth Hour 2009 on Saturday, March 28, by asking residents to switch off lights between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.Sponsored by the global World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour invites individuals, businesses, governments and communities to turn out their lights for one hour on one day of the year.The City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte Center City Partners and Duke Energy are showing their support by participating in an effort to educate individuals and businesses about the small changes that can be made to significantly reduce energy consumption.The event began in Sydney, Australia in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. In 2008, more than 50 million people around the globe participated. This year, Earth Hour aims to reach out to 1 billion people in 1,000 cities.The last weekend of March is selected as the date because it’s around the time of the spring and autumn equinoxes in the northern and southern hemispheres respectively. This allows for near coincidental sunset times in both hemispheres, ensuring the greatest visual impact for a global lights-out campaign."