Saturday, March 28, 2009 – “Earth Hour” 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.


This Saturday, March 28th, 2009, the City of New York will join millions of citizens and organizations around the world in observing Earth Hour 2009, an international initiative launched by the World Wildlife Fund to reduce energy consumption for one hour and raise awareness about climate change. From 8:30 – 9:30pm this Saturday, non-essential lighting at a number of high-profile locations throughout New York will be turned off, demonstrating the City’s commitment, as articulated in Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC sustainability plan, to reducing its consumption of energy and emission of greenhouse gases.

The Department of Cultural Affairs invites cultural organizations throughout the five boroughs to join Mayor Bloomberg in this initiative by extinguishing their lights this Saturday evening. Participation is entirely voluntary—though we would ask interested groups to indicate their participation by e-mailing DCA at a special e-mail address we have set up, We will then compile the list of participants from the cultural sector, and send it along to City Hall.

We hope you will join in this effort and spread the word about taking action to address climate change. For more information on Earth Hour, please visit


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