8 PM, Saturday March 29, wherever you are.
Beginning in New Zealand, earth hour will roll around the world with people extinguishing their electric lights and non-essential appliances for one hour as eight PM arrives. This includes your computers folks. Try some candlelight.
In North America cities turning out the lights include: Atlanta (including all City owned buildings), Chicago, Montreal, Ottawa, Phoenix, San Francisco (even the Golden Gate bridge will go dark), Toronto (the celebration includes an unplugged Nelly Furtado concert) and Vancouver. Street lights and hospitals will, of course, remain plugged in.
Altogether some 371 cities, towns or local governments plan to participate. The big cities include Copenhagen, Rome; Mexico City, Bangkok, Dublin. Smaller places include Columbia Missouri and Harmony Florida. Big businesses such as Molson's and small non-profits such as the Morton Arboretum plan to unplug.
And individual households in other places all over the world will switch off. Including many in Takoma Park. At the library and in the computer rooms we will do our best to turn off all our lights, computers, rechargers, and the various gadgets we sometimes leave on even when we are closed.Posted by library at March 28, 2008 05:11 PM