Lights out in metro Atlanta
On Saturday, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., individuals, businesses, and local government officials throughout the Atlanta metro area will switch off their lights to demonstrate their concern and commitment to finding a solution to climate change.
Cities taking part in this global event include Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco in the U.S., along with Bangkok, Copenha- gen, Manila, Tel Aviv, Sydney, Toronto and others. WWF officials said the goal of Earth Hour is to raise awareness of climate change and demonstrate how by working together, individuals can make a positive impact in the fight against this global issue.
“By taking part in Earth Hour 2008, Atlanta is sending a powerful message to the world that its citizens stand united with people across the globe in their concern
about climate change and their commitment to finding solutions,” said Carter Roberts, president and CEO of WWF-US. “We are pleased that Atlanta has agreed to take part in Earth Hour as a demonstration of the city’s commitment to the environment and sustainability.”
While there are no specific energy reduction targets for this year’s initiative in participating U.S. cities, Georgia Power will measure the drop in electricity use during the event and will provide additional logistical support and assistance.
For more information, visit the official Earth Hour Web site at http://www.earthhourus.org.