Dear UNE Community -
On Saturday, March 27, 2010, at 8:30 p.m. there will be an amazing and inspiring event in the fight against climate change: Earth Hour. Sponsored by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour asks individuals, businesses, government leaders and others to turn out all non-essential lighting for one hour (8:30 - 9:30 p.m.) as a bold statement of collective concern about climate change.
Earth Hour is the largest event of its kind in the world. In 2009, nearly one billion people from 4,100 cities in 87 countries turned out their lights, as well as international landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower and Great Pyramids, and the city skylines of Las Vegas, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv.
To get a better sense of the magnitude of the effort, please take a moment to watch WWFs video about Earth Hour: www.myearthhour.org/news/media.
To help us make sure the lights actually do go out on March 27th, wed like to ask all employees to switch off office lights and unplug non-essential equipment before leaving the building on the Friday before Earth Hour. In addition, wed like to encourage everyone to participate in Earth Hour by turning off their lights at home during the event.
Are you looking for community in your show of support for the planet? If so, our student environmental group, Earth's E.C.O., is planning a fun event for Earth Hour on the Biddeford Campus. Please turn off your lights and then join them for an acoustic jam session at the bon fire pit by the kiosk at dark and bring your instruments!
Stay tuned for other energy saving initiatives coming your way as a lead up to Earth Day in April!
Alethea Cariddi, MS Ed
University of New England