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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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March 24, 2008
Begun as a single-city project in 2007 by a group of activists in Australia, this low-sacrifice and high-impact statement by consumers has spread to 24 cities around the globe in the space of a year. This year's project will take place at 8pm on March 29th and will include participation from an estimated 6.6 billion people.

Frustrated with the lack of industry and municipal investment in renewable energy sources, the Australian branch of the World Wildlife Fund partnered with the city of Sydney to organize a massive one-hour action to address the need for electricity conservation and long-term solutions to curbing carbon emissions, a large portion of which come from coal-fired power plants. With a stated goal of reducing carbon emissions by 5% through a reduction in electricity consumption, organizers registered pre-event pledges from more than 68,000 individuals and 2,200 businesses to participate. Afterward, the utility company EnergyAustralia reported a more than 10% decrease in energy consumption during the hour-long event, and a random poll indicated that more than half of the city's population - some 2.2 million people - participated.

With the impact of electricity conservation well documented and the strong public reaction to such an obvious and simple organized effort, the Earth Hour concept has been officially adopted by two dozen cities around the world, including population centers in Australia and Fiji in the Far East, the United Arab Emirates and Israel in the Middle East, Denmark and Romania in Europe, and more than a dozen cities in the United States and Canada.

Earth Hour is a simple project - turn off all non-essential lights for one hour - and participation is by no means limited to residents of the officially listed cities. Individuals are encouraged to register their intended participation online.

SEE ALSO: www.earthhour2008.com

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