Dousing the lights

Friday March 26 2010

 

The lights on Shellenberger Field will be turned off for Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27. Thanks to the efforts of the student-led Alliance for Energy Awareness, Lynchburg College is joining the worldwide effort.

Students will be meeting in the Dell at 8:30 p.m. to celebrate Earth Hour with the rest of the world, and many lights around campus will be doused.

"We are asking the community to join us," said Amanda d'Arcy, president of AFEA. "We are hoping others will turn off their lights, desktops, and even cell phones to power down and be in solidarity."

Earth Hour, hosted by the World Wildlife Fund, started three years ago. Nearly one billion people turned out for Earth Hour 2009 - involving 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents.

Last year, 80 million Americans and 318 U.S. cities officially voted for action with their light switch, joining iconic landmarks from around the world that went dark for Earth Hour, including:

Empire State Building

Brooklyn Bridge

Broadway Theater Marquees

Las Vegas Strip

United Nations Headquarters

Golden Gate Bridge

Seattle's Space Needle

Great Pyramids of Giza

Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens

Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London

Eiffel Tower in Paris

Beijing's Birds Nest and Water Cube

Sydney's Opera House

For more information you can check www.myearthhour.org/.