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City Hall will turn lights off for Earth Hour

Worldwide event spotlights climate change

Tucson will join cities around the world when they turn out lights during Earth Hour 2012 on Saturday.

The City of Tucson will participate in the Earth Hour City Challenge when communities around the globe switch off non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change, city spokesman Michael Graham said in a press release.

As part of the challenge, cities commit to make an effort for one year to reduce their community's carbon footprint and promote renewable energy, said the World Wildlife Fund, a major backer of Earth Hour.

People around the world switch off lights for one hour on Saturday beginning at 8:30 p.m. in each time zone.

City officials and environmentalists will gather with Tucsonans from 3 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at Tucson Convention Center for a dinner and discussion. Participants can head to El Presidio Park to watch as City Hall's lights are turned off at 7:30, Graham said. 

WWF's Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when the city's residents turned off all non-essential lights.

Tucson's Earth Hour event is free and open to the public.

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Mar 29, 2012, 3:36 pm
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yeah, lights are bad now? Come on…isn’t this going a bit too far?

Besides, what do Tucsonans care about climate change? It’s March, summer is already here, and it won’t be over until about Halloween…yet so many say the weather is great here.

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People around the world will turn to candles on Saturday when they switch off their lights during WWF's annual Earth Hour.

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If you go

  • What: Earth Hour event and celebration: Dinner and discussion at Tucson Convention Center and lights out at City Hall viewing
  • When: Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at TCC, and lights out at City Hall begins at 7:30
  • Where: Tucson Convention Center,  260 S. Church Ave.; Lights out viewing at El Presidio Park, 160 W. Alameda St.