WASHINGTON—March 17, 2009— From the United Nations building in New York City to the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel in Los Angeles County, support for Earth Hour continues to grow as new U.S. cities, high-profile landmarks, organizations and individuals commit to cast their vote in the world’s first global vote for action for climate change by turning off lights on March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. local time.
Organized by World Wildlife Fund, participation in Earth Hour has expanded dramatically in the U.S. over the past few days with more than 100 cities and towns now agreeing to darken some of the nation’s most famous skylines including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
The US will join more than 1,500 cities, towns and villages in 80 countries including Beijing, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Moscow, Nairobi, Paris, Rome, Sydney, and Toronto as Earth Hour cascades through the world’s time zones on this historic night.
“With Earth Hour, millions of people from all walks of life will demonstrate their commitment to take action on climate change,” said Carter Roberts, CEO of World Wildlife Fund. “Turning off the lights is just the beginning. We’re asking everyone to also make commitments to reduce their energy use during the rest of the year and to ask their elected representatives to do the right thing because we need climate legislation now.”
The list of iconic landmarks and popular attractions in the U.S. that will go dark for one hour on March 28th include:
- U.N. headquarters building
- Coca-Cola digital billboard in Times Square
- Empire State Building, Time Warner Center and NY Life building
- The Las Vegas Strip including major casino and hotel properties such as the Luxor Las Vegas (its beam can be seen from space), Caesars Palace Las Vegas and Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
- Fremont Street Experience (largest digital screen in the world)
- “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.
- National Theater
- John A. Wilson City Building
- Walter E. Washington Convention Center
- Judiciary Square
- Santa Monica Pier and Ferris Wheel
- Capitol Records building
- El Capitan and El Rey Theaters
- Griffith Observatory
- Pylons at LAX
- Pinks Hot Dog stand
- Sears Tower and John Hancock Building
- Navy Pier
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Coit Tower
- Nashville’s Honkytonks including Tootsie’s, the Second Fiddle and the Stage on Broadway
- The AT&T Building
- Country Music Hall of Fame
- Bank of America Plaza
- Fox Theater
- 191 Peachtree Tower
- The Varsity
- The Gateway Arch in St. Louis
- Zakim Bridge in Boston
Celebrities showing their support include Oscar-nominated actor Edward Norton (the official US ambassador for Earth Hour 2009), Archbishop Desmond Tutu, actresses Janeane Garofalo, Keisha Knight Pulliam and Jennette McCurdy, fashionistas Stacy London and Clinton Kelly, as well as musicians Linkin Park, Alanis Morissette, Jo Dee Messina, Big Kenny (Big & Rich), Gavin DeGraw, KT Tunstall, Mary Mary, Dierks Bently, Wynonna Judd, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Lady Antebellum, SHeDAISY, Finger Eleven, Simple Plan, Justin Nozuka, The Veronicas, Rise Against and Coldplay.
With less than two weeks until the event, WWF has already received commitments from a vast range of national organizations to participate and engage their members including: the American Federation of Teachers, Building Owners and Managers Association, National Council of 4-H, National Education Association, National Science Teachers Association, Newspaper Association of America Foundation, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
In addition, a large number of leading colleges and universities will also serve as flagship campuses for Earth Hour, including: Columbia University, Gallaudet University, Howard University, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, University of Miami, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Virginia and Georgia Tech University.
Icons outside of the U.S. committed to shutting off their lights for Earth Hour include:
- Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
- Sydney Opera House
- Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
- Niagara Falls
- Stockholm Castle
- Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights and Taipei 101
- Burj Dubai and Burj Al Arab
- Moscow State University
- Coca-Cola sign at Piccadilly Circus and London Eye
- King Hussain’s Mosque in Jordan
- Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand
- Victoria Square Dome in Ireland
- Edinburgh Castle in Scotland
- Table Mountain in South Africa
The event on March 28th is just one step in an ongoing effort to fight climate change. After the lights go out around the world on this evening, WWF hopes that conversations will continue on climate change and that people will take initiatives to make small changes in their lives to be more carbon efficient.
WWF encourages simple but effective energy-saving measures such as installing compact fluorescent light bulbs, which are more efficient and last much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, choosing energy efficient appliances, making sure their car tires are properly inflated and unplugging electronics when they are not in use.
WWF officials stressed the importance of safety during Earth Hour, asking that all lighting related to public safety remain on.
More information about Earth Hour and ways to get involved can be found at www.EarthHourUS.org.
National partners for WWF's Earth Hour 2009 are Esurance, Cox Enterprises, The Coca-Cola Company, Wells Fargo and Hewlett-Packard.
Note to Editors: B-roll and Earth Hour still images can be found at http://www.earthhourus.org/broll.php. In addition, the Earth Hour PR team can help facilitate interviews with major participants, including government officials, well-known personalities, and WWF officials discussing their involvement in the lead up to this historic evening.