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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Green RVers Encouraged to Participate in Earth Hour 2009

On Saturday, March 28th at 8:30pm (your local time) individuals, businesses, and major landmarks in 2,500 cities in 82 countries will turn off non-essential lighting in what will be the largest climate event in history - a global event calling for action on climate change.

During Earth Hour in Las Vegas, the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign will go dark and exterior lights will turned off at many popular on- and off-strip hotels and casinos. New York City's Broadway will dim their lights and the Empire State Building will go dark. In California, the sets of CSI, Dancing with the Stars, The Price is Right, and Entertainment Tonight will turn off their lights as will the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Washington, DC's National Cathedral and Judiciary Square will participate. From Chicago to St. Louis to Atlanta to Miami and more, these cities support climate change legislation.

8:30pm local across the globe Earth Hour 2009 iconic participants will include Paris' Eiffel Tower, Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, the Canadian Niagara Falls, Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights, the Great Pyramids of Giza, and the Opera House in Sydney, Australia - the city that started it all in 2007. Even China and India are getting in on the action.

So what can we, the average citizen do? To begin, make a conscious decision to turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour - from 8:30-9:30pm your local time on Saturday, March 28th. Next join the World Wildlife Fund's (Earth Hour 2009 sponsor) Conservation Action Network and send a message to your state and federal representatives asking them to address climate change at a legislative and global level.

Several cities will be hosting star-gazing parties, drinks and dinner by candle light, and more. If that's interesting to you call around and find the "lights out party" that fits you. If you want a more nature-esque experience, after you extinguish your lights Saturday night go outside and look up into the sky, stare at the stars and reinvigorate your sense of wonder.

Go green RVers and drop a comment below letting us know how you celebrated Earth Hour 2009.


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