Lights out in metro At­lanta

The Covington News - - Front Page - Staff re­port

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 at­hou­

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