By Betsy Thorpe
At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, the city of Nashville will participate in Earth Hour 2009. Nashville is one of ten cities selected from around the world to lead the effort to conserve energy by making a statement of concern regarding our planet and it’s changing climate. Earth Hour 2009 is a global event sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund.
Earth Hour began in Sydney Australia in 2007, when more than two million residents and business owners turned off their lights for one hour. In 2008 Earth Hour had grown into a global movement, with fifty million homes, businesses and famous landmarks such as San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all standing in darkness for one hour.
The World Wildlife Fund’s goal for Earth Hour 2009 is to have one billion people turn off their lights for one hour. More than seventy four countries and territories have pledged to participate in Earth Hour 2009. In December the World Wildlife Fund will be report the number of participants in Earth Hour 2009 to world leaders at the United Nations Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, giving voice to the Global Warming concerns of people from around.