DATE: March 22, 2013
CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager
Broward County Commission
In the spirit of Mayor Kristin Jacobs' Year of the Neighbor, Broward County residents are being asked to join the movement to celebrate a healthier planet by participating in Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a one-hour period on Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., where participants all over the world turn of their non-essential lights to show their support for a sustainable future.
This year, more than 150 countries and territories will be participating in Earth Hour, and major international land marks, like Big Ben, the Empire State Building and the Sydney Opera House will be shutting off their lights to show backing for a more environmentally conscious world.
Since its inception seven years ago, Earth Hour has aimed to encourage a global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world. The goal is to take the conversation of sustainability beyond the one hour and begin a discussion that provides practical solutions to our environmental challenges.
"I am so proud that this will be Broward County's fourth year participating and promoting this worldwide event," said Mayor Jacobs.
Last year, 7,001 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories across all seven continents participated. The organizations has also launched an "I Will If You Will" platform to incentivize and inspire individuals to share their commitment to the planet with friends, colleagues, leaders and networks. Participants are also asked to add their name and city to the worldwide list at EarthHour.org.
"We can make a difference when we come together for a common cause," said Mayor Jacobs.
Don't forget to turn out your lights this Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. and join the Earth Hour movement for a more sustainable world.
For more information on Earth Hour visit EarthHour.org. For more information on Broward County Board of County Commissioners, visit broward.org/commission.