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, University of Lynchburg 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
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/.