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Dedicate an Hour of Darkness to the Mother Earth

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New York, March 28, 2008-Mother Earth is in peril and so are we and our future generations. Now is the time to act to stop the global warming. We are producing more greenhouse gas emissions than ever. 'Earth Hour' has been created as a reminder to act against global warming.

The World Wildlife Fund, a global conservation organization, Fairfax Media and Leo Burnett for the city of Sydney, started this event in Australia in 2007. This year, WWF is calling for individuals and businesses around the world to turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 29, 2008 between 8 pm and 9pm local time.

What is Earth Hour?

According to EarthHour.Org, the official website of the initiative, 'The intent is for the event to be adopted by individuals, communities, businesses and governments around the world so they too can help demonstrate that individual action on a mass scale can help change our planet for the better.' It continues 'There are two key objectives for Earth Hour: the first is to engage as many households, communities and businesses to turn off their lights for one hour on March 29 to creating awareness and engage the broader community. The second objective is to measure the change in our greenhouse gas emissions over the next 12 months, aiming for a measurable reduction in the year following Earth Hour.'
  In 2008 Earth Hour will be occured in over 20 cities around the world, including Copenhagen, Bangkok, Manila, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Dublin, Sydney, Melbourne etc. In the USA cities like Atlanta, San Francisco, Phoenix, Miami and Chicago will switch off their city lights.

Why the world capital city is not switching off?

Interestingly, the world capital city, New York, home to the United Nations' Headquarters, is not a participant. Many UN agencies are spearheading the movement to reduce global warming, but New York City is left behind in this historic effort.

Such New York City's land marks as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, George Washington Bridge and Empire State Building with its 86th Floor Observatory will not observe Earth Hour. Only the city's two institutes- New York City Expressive Arts Studio, Brooklyn and New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, have decided to switch off their lights for one hour.

However, there are some large American companies and organizations supporting the Earth Hour initiative: Google, MySpace.com, Verizon Foundation (Thinkfinity.org), The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), The National Geographic Channel, The Weather Channel (weather.com), The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (epa.gov), The National Education Association (NEA), The Newspaper Association of America Foundation (NAAF), Motorola, IL, HSBC North America, Various, National, Hugo Boss, Chicago, IL, Gucci, Chicago, IL, The Gap, Chicago, IL, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chicago, IL and more.

What can you do to fight global warming?

Each of us can make a difference to the Earth little by little through reducing electricity consumption (lights) and by participating in the awareness activities near home or work. You can participate in WWF's future initiatives by signing up online as a supporter. Please log on to www.www.earthhour.org
-Pradeep Thapa Magar

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