March 28 Earth Hour 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm One hour, no lights, no electronics

Seekonk Talks

This forum is a place to discuss all things Seekonk. We are not affiliated with the Town of Seekonk.
HomeGalleryRegisterLog in
February 2018
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728   
CalendarCalendar
Newspapers

Share | 
 

 March 28 Earth Hour 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm One hour, no lights, no electronics

Go down 
AuthorMessage
terrybohax
Moderator
Moderator
avatar

Posts : 200
Join date : 2009-01-20

PostSubject: March 28 Earth Hour 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm One hour, no lights, no electronics   Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:06 pm

From the web:
Earth Hour is an annual international event created by WWF (The World Wide Fund
for Nature/World Wildlife Fund), held on the last Saturday of March, that asks
households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical
appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on
climate change. It was pioneered by WWF Australia and the Sydney Morning Herald
in 2007, and achieved worldwide participation in 2008.

Earth Hour will next take place on Saturday, March 28 2009 at 8:30pm, local
time.

One hour, no lights, no electronics… let's do it, Seekonk! Idea


Last edited by terrybohax on Tue Apr 14, 2009 11:16 am; edited 1 time in total
Back to top Go down
View user profile
terrybohax
Moderator
Moderator
avatar

Posts : 200
Join date : 2009-01-20

PostSubject: Earth Hour has begun - keep it going today 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm!   Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:30 am

Idea Seekonk - show your support of Earth Hour by dimming all nonessential lights and turn off as many electrical appliances as possible between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm tonight - it's already started in the Pacific and moving across the globe!

Sydney first major city to mark Earth Hour 2009
By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press Writer Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 21 mins ago
SYDNEY – The floodlit cream shells of the famed Opera House dimmed Saturday as Sydney became the world's first major city to plunge itself into darkness for the second worldwide Earth Hour, a global campaign to highlight the threat of climate change.

From the Great Pyramids farao to the Acropolis, the London Eye to the Las Vegas strip, nearly 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries planned to join in the World Wildlife Fund-sponsored event elephant , a time zone-by-time zone plan to dim nonessential lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Involvement in the effort has exploded since last year's Earth Hour, which drew participation from 400 cities after Sydney held a solo event in 2007. Interest has spiked ahead of planned negotiations on a new global warming treaty in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December. The last global accord, the Kyoto Protocol, is set to expire in 2012.

Despite the boost in interest from the Copenhagen negotiations, organizers initially worried enthusiasm for this year's event would wane with the world's attention focused largely on the global economic crisis, Earth Hour executive director Andy Ridley told The Associated Press. Strangely enough, he said, it's seemed to have the opposite effect.

"Earth Hour has always been a positive campaign; it's always around street parties, not street protests, it's the idea of hope not despair. And I think that's something that's been incredibly important this year because there is so much despair around," he said. "On the other side of it, there's savings in cutting your power usage and being more sustainable and more efficient."

In Australia, people attended candlelit speed-dating events and gathered at outdoor concerts as the hour of darkness rolled through the country. Sydney's glittering harbor was bathed in shadows as lights dimmed on the steel arch of the city's iconic Harbour Bridge and the nearby Opera House.

Earlier Saturday, the Chatham Islands, a group of small islands around 500 miles (800 kilometers) east of New Zealand, officially kicked off Earth Hour by switching off its diesel generators. Soon after, the lights of Auckland's Sky Tower, the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand, blinked off.

Forty-four New Zealand towns and cities participated in the event, and more than 60,000 people showed up for an Earth Hour-themed hot air ballooning festival in the city of Hamilton.

At Scott Base in Antarctica, New Zealand's 26-member winter team resorted to minimum safety lighting and switched off appliances and computers.

China was participating in the campaign for the first time, with Beijing turning off the lights at its iconic Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube, the two most prominent venues for the Olympics, according to WWF. Shanghai was also cutting lights in all government buildings and other structures on its waterfront, while Hong Kong, Baoding, Changchun, Dalian, Nanjing and Guangzhou were also participating, WWF said.

Later Saturday, Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva planned to press a button to turn off the lights at Khao San Road, a famous haven for budget travelers in Bangkok that is packed with bars and outdoor cafes.

Lights were to go down at the Grand Palace and other riverside monuments, and businesses along some of the Thai capital's busiest boulevards were also asked to participate, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration said in a statement.

The capital hoped to reduce electricity consumption in the city of more than 8 million people by at least 30 percent — or 1,400 megawatts — during the event. Earth Hour organizers say there's no uniform way to measure how much energy is saved worldwide.

Earth Hour 2009 has garnered support from global corporations, nonprofit groups, schools, scientists and celebrities — including Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett and retired Cape Town Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

McDonald's Corp. planned to dim its arches at 500 locations around the Midwest in the United States. The Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Fairmont hotel chains and Coca-Cola Co. also planned to participate.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
 
March 28 Earth Hour 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm One hour, no lights, no electronics
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» eShop Report Card: March 25, 2013
» JOBS IN NEW YORK & TORONTO THAT PAY $25 to $150 AN HOUR 2015
» EASY JOBS ONLINE THAT PAY $30, 40, 50 DOLLARS AN HOUR NYC
» Top 10 Smartest Animals on Earth
» 1-day Bag of Crap T-Shirt upload contest

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Seekonk Talks :: Our Events Calendar and Links :: Calendar Events-
Jump to:  

Free forum | © phpBB | Free forum support | Contact | Report an abuse | Free forum