Downtown Phoenix to go dark on March 29?

[Source: John Faherty, Arizona Republic] — The problem with a major environmental issue like global warming is that it seems so big you figure there is nothing you can do about it.  So an environmental group has picked one hour in March when it wants you to do exactly that.  Nothing.  At 8 p.m. on March 29, the city of Phoenix and all Valley residents who care to join in will turn off the lights for one hour.  People who participate will shut off their TVs, radios, computers, and anything else considered non-essential.  The idea is to use as little energy as possible for that hour.

More than 20 cities across the globe — from Aalbork, Denmark to Tel Aviv, Israel to Phoenix — will take part in what’s being called Earth Hour.  The gesture, mostly symbolic, is meant to convey that each person can help reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, which contribute to global warming.  “A lot of people feel global warming is too big of a problem for any one of us to make a difference,” said Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon.  “This shows we can do something.”

The mayor and Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan, both stressed that streetlights, hospital lights, and lights used by police and fire services will remain on during the hour.  “This is an important message that we completely support,” Khan said.  “We have had a series of meetings to make sure that everyone remains safe, and they will.” [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

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