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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
Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.
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