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City says sit in the dark March 29

The City of Evanston is joining the City of Chicago and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus in making a statement on climate change by asking its community members to join together Saturday, March 29 to participate in Earth Hour.

Evanston residents and businesses are invited to turn off lights between 8 and 9 p.m. that day and make Earth Hour 2008 a truly regional and global event.

Beyond turning off their lights, Evanston community members are invited to take additional measures to make Earth Hour 2008 a great success, such as sign up at the Earth Hour website to become an official part of the effort and receive useful tips and tools; tell a friend about Earth Hour; and advertise Earth Hour and your support for it.

On March 29, residents in major metro areas around the world will turn off their lights for one hour to show that it’s possible to take action on global warming. Chicago was selected as the flagship region to lead the Earth Hour effort in the United States.

Last year, the first Earth Hour was held on March 31, 2007, in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses turned off their lights for one hour. This massive collective effort reduced Sydney’s energy consumption by 10.2 percent for one hour, which is the equivalent effect of taking 48,000 cars off the road for one hour.

With Sydney icons like the Harbor Bridge and Opera House turning their lights off, the world took notice. Inspired by the collective effort of millions in Sydney, many major global cities and regions have joined together to create Earth Hour 2008.

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