Earth Hour 2010 – Mar. 27, 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Designed: Chelsey L

Earth Hour will be coming back to the Duluth area this March! From 8:30p.m.- 9:30p.m. on March 27 the World Wildlife Fund asks individuals and businesses to turn off their lights for the hour. Nearly one billion people from 87 countries participated in Earth Hour last year!We realize that turning off your lights for an hour will not reduce energy usage enough to make a significant difference, rather, the hour of darkness is used as a symbol for our belief in the importance of climate change.

This year participants include the University of MN Duluth along with local businesses: The Chester Creek Cafe, The Brewhouse, and Trailfitters. Also, Mayor Don Ness will be leading the city of Duluth in participation by having the lights to the Aerial Lift Bridge turned off for the hour!

If you would like to learn more about Earth Hour you can visit: https://www.myearthhour.org/home. As you can see from their website previous participants include: The Empire State Building, the Las Vegas Strip, Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio De Janeiro, the Sydney Opera House, and even the Google webpage. We are excited to include Duluth’s very own Aerial Lift Bridge to the list of landmarks!

We hope that you all will join us by turning off your lights March 27 from 8:30p.m.-9:30p.m. Thank you for your participation and enjoy the beautiful Duluth March!

5 Comments

Codie

about 10 years ago

I hate to be a naysayer for such a seemingly noble cause, but I must say I'm rather frustrated with Earth Hour. I walk, ride my bike, or take the bus everywhere I go, year-round; I recycle everything I can and produce very little waste; and I always buy locally produced goods whenever possible, as to not to support all the pollution that comes as a result of shipping something thousands of miles away.

Now, I'm no saint or anything, but it seems like the Earth Hour message that's being sent is this: "Short-term fixes are actually effective and worthwhile," or perhaps "Anybody can save the world, as long as it's convenient enough." But this is directly undermining the whole "Green" movement in the first place! If you really care about trying to save the world, you need to change your day-to-day lifestyle. That's the only way! If you drive a car everywhere you go and shop at big-box department stores, celebrating Earth Hour will make you feel like you're actually accomplishing something, when in reality you're a MUCH bigger part of the problem than you are the solution. 

I say, celebrate Earth Year, every year! Movements like Earth Hour shelter people away from the bigger picture.

Paul Lundgren

about 10 years ago

I'm wondering how Codie managed to miss this part of the post:

"We realize that turning off your lights for an hour will not reduce energy usage enough to make a significant difference, rather, the hour of darkness is used as a symbol for our belief in the importance of climate change."

Codie, ignore Earth Hour and leave your lights on if you want, but I'd suggest trying to spend less time disagreeing with people who agree with you. That's a real waste of energy.

Codie

about 10 years ago

I'm not trying to disagree just to disagree. I'm just saying that something needs to happen after Earth Hour. A call-to-action or something. If you want to change the way people behave, you need to be much more direct. My point is that the Earth Hour reinforces the "faster, more convenient" American mentality that created the need for an Earth Hour in the first place!

jessige

about 10 years ago

Codie, isn't earth hour itself the call to action?  As in, hey, pay attention, and now that you did that, be more conscious in your daily life?

Think of it like Thanksgiving --  a one-day reminder of something you should do every day.

Codie

about 10 years ago

In a way, yeah. But instead of asking the mayor to turn off the Aerial bridge lights for an hour as a symbol of how we aught to be, why not ask why the Aerial bridge needs so many lights in the first place?

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