Get ready to turn off your lights WWF Earth Hour 2010 takes place next week

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The “global phenomenon” known as Earth Hour is scheduled to take place Saturday, March 27 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time.

Earth Hour is an event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in which individuals, businesses and governments are asked to turn off their non-essential lights and appliances for one hour to show solidarity in the fight against climate change.

“Climate change is the most urgent issue facing our planet today, and we need to unite the world around meaningful action,” said WWF Climate Director Keya Chatterjee. “With a simple flick of the switch, Americans will not only be sending a signal that they want solutions to the climate crisis, but they’ll be helping to turn the lights out on our nation’s dangerous dependency on foreign oil, and an unsustainable economic future. That’s a powerful message that everyone around the world will be able to see bright and clear on March 27th.”

US landmarks such as Mount Rushmore, the Empire State Building, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Harrah’s Caesar Palace will participate in this year’s Earth Hour.

"Earth Hour directly links with Department of Interior and National Park Service priorities,” said Gerard Baker, Mount Rushmore National Memorial Superintendent. “Our stewardship mission is to manage this country's most treasured landscapes unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations. This mission is being challenged particularly by climate change. As stewards of our national parks, especially considering the challenges of climate change, we must be visible leaders to demonstrate commitment to energy and water conservation... and to use our parks to teach the public about climate change and the ways citizens can reduce their carbon footprints."

According to the WWF, last year nearly one billion people participated worldwide including 80 million Americans in 318 cities.

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