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RubySchooZ, on her new blog A Thyme of Peas, just posted about a worldwide energy-saving event taking place on March 29, 2008. Borrowing from her words:

You can make a difference in helping to get others to take notice of the importance of saving energy by joining us in the “Earth Hour 2008″ campaign. The central goals for Earth Hour 2008 campaign are to help get as many people, houses, communities and businesses to turn off their lights on March 29th, 2008 from 8pm–9pm (local time).

The main goal of this campaign is to help make a bold statement that the climate changes we are facing are very real and that something as simple as turning out our lights is an important thing that is easily enough done and can truly make a difference.

I’m joining you, Ruby. Thanks for letting us know and thanks for your great new blog. I can’t say it any better.

How about you my fellow New Yorkers? (And anyone else of course.) Want to join us from 8-9 pm? It’s an easy way to make a statement and see what else life has to offer when the lights are off.😉

The event was created by the World Wildlife Fund chapter in Sydney Australia in 2007 and, according to the event website:

More than 100 cities across North America will participate, including the US flagships Atlanta, Chicago (your city rocks Terry B.), Phoenix and San Francisco – as well as Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Even though my own fabulous home town New York City is NOT yet an official participant, I would love to see all of us join in big time! Mayor Bloomberg talks about conservation and congestion pricing, but where will he be when the lights go off? And why aren’t we one of those cities?

Hey…let’s show the world we do care, ok? My lights will be off. Please join me.

Thanks again, Ruby. You lead the way, grrrl!

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For more information about the event and its origins:

Earth Hour 2008