Vail joins Saturday’s Earth Hour campaign |

Vail joins Saturday’s Earth Hour campaign

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – The town of Vail is joining nearly 3,000 cities, towns and municipalities in 83 countries in participating in Earth Hour 2010 by urging employees, businesses, residents and guests to take a break from electric power for one hour Saturday, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time.

The town will show its support for this awareness effort by turning off the LED decorative lights that adorn trees at the Covered Bridge area. Lights will be turned off in town facilities and the Vail Public Library will go dark as well.

Atwater at the Vail Cascade has joined in the movement by hosting a candlelight dinner, in which 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. The candlelight dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m., Saturday. Reservations for the candlelight dining experience are recommended and can be made by calling 970-479-7014.

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4,000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off electricity to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

“People across the world from all walks of life will turn off their lights and join together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet,” said Kristen Bertuglia, the town’s environmental sustainability coordinator.

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

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