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Turn off the lights and help save the planet
20 March 2009 / 11:55

[Dateline: New York | Author:  DM/iSeek]

Your light switch is your vote | Earth HourTo show the United Nations’ commitment to fight against climate change, the Secretary-General has agreed to participate in the Earth Hour 2009 initiative led by the global conservation organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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Event organizers are asking that lights be turned off for one hour on Saturday, 28 March 2009 at 8:30 p.m. local time in cities and towns across the world. 

According to the organizers over 1,000 cities have indicated they will participate in this event.

All lights at the United Nations Headquarters complex in New York will be turned off for one hour.

Offices Away from Headquarters, Regional Commissions and Tribunals have been encouraged to participate in this initiative.

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has already announced that it will participate by turning off all non-essential lighting in the Bangkok complex.

SG video message on Earth Hour | Credit: UN YouTube Channel All staff are invited to join the Secretary-General and be part of the Earth Hour.

The initiative is a good reminder for all to make sure that all office lights are switched off when leaving for the day.

By working together, each of us can make a positive impact in the fight against climate change.

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