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Turn off your lights Saturday night, for Earth Hour

By From page A3 | March 22, 2013

The Cool Davis Community Action Team challenges Davis residents and businesses to join in observing Earth Hour, an electricity-free global event that runs from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Enjoy the dark time with friends in the neighborhood or simply take time to watch the night sky,” a news release said. “With no distracting electronics in the way, consider the possibilities of going beyond Earth Hour.”

Every year, hundreds of thousands of individuals, organizations, businesses and governments across the globe have committed to turning out their lights for Earth Hour, signaling their concern about the future of life on this planet. For this annual event, the World Wildlife Fund asks everyone to turn off all non-essential lights and electronics for one hour in a dramatic rolling blackout that moves hour by hour around the globe.

This year’s theme is Uniting People to Protect the Planet. Photos of the event will be posted later at http://earthhour.org.

“If you feel moved by what you see, plan your next action beyond this one hour of commitment,” a Cool Davis news release said. For example:

* Go beyond dining in the dark to evaluate the carbon footprint of what you eat. Consider meatless Mondays, reduce dairy and meat consumption or start a garden.

* Green your transportation by walking, biking and taking the bus instead of driving.

* Make the switch to renewable energy: install LED lighting, install solar hot water; investigate photovoltaics; divest from investments in fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy.

Enterprise staff

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