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Lights out on Saturday night for Earth Hour
25 March 2010 / 02:39

UNHQ on Earth Hour 2009 | Credit: Nasr Nagy/DM[Dateline: New York | Author: Department of Public Information/Department of Management ]

It’s Earth Hour 2010 on Saturday night, 27 March, the largest mass participation event in support of action on climate change.

The UN will once again be participating by turning off its lights at Headquarters and at other locations.  UN staff are also invited to join in.

Earth Hour will take place starting at 8:30 p.m. local time—anywhere and everywhere and it calls for people to simply turn off their lights for one hour.

For the last three years, the event has attracted the participation of hundreds of millions of people across the globe and many cities have turned off the lights at major landmarks.  This year, the organizer—World Wildlife Fund (WWF)—hopes that a billion people take part in the event.

In New York, the Department of Management (DM) will work to ensure that the lights are out at the Headquarters complex and all swing space locations where it is feasible for DM staff to switch off the building lights.

The event is symbolic—it is a call to action on climate change, not an energy saving measure.  But it can remind all staff, in whichever building they are located, to turn out the lights and computers and other electrical devices whenever they leave the office.  To make a difference on climate change, every action counts.

According to Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon, “The message of Earth Hour is simple. Climate change is a concern for each of us.  Solutions are within our grasp and are ready to be implemented by individuals, communities, businesses and governments around the globe.”