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Will You Turn Your Lights Out for Earth Hour?

At 8:30 p.m. today, people around the globe will be switching off their lights to raise awareness for climate change. Will Redmond residents turn out their lights?

Will You Turn Your Lights Out for Earth Hour?

As part of a global call for action on climate change, hundreds of millions of people and tens of thousands of organizations will go dark for one hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31.

Earth Hour is a global World Wildlife Fund initiative that began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. In 2008, more than 50 million people all over the world took part in the action. In 2009 almost 1 billion people worldwide switched off their lights and in 2011, Earth Hour involved 135 countries with more than 1.8 billion people participating.

Last year, , no word yet this year that the county plans to participate.

According to organizers, hundreds of landmarks across more than 5,000 cities and towns will go dark at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday local time, with Libya, Algeria, Bhutan and French Guinea among those participating for the first time.

This year, Earth Hour launched the I Will If You Will campaign to incentivize sustainable action beyond the hour. Thousands of individuals, organizations and governments have created an I Will If You Will challenge, inspiring their friends, colleagues and networks to be a part of their action towards a more sustainable world.

“Each and every one us play an important role in making a difference to the world we live in,” said Earth Hour Co-Founder and Executive Director, Andy Ridley.

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