Vail joins Saturday’s Earth Hour campaign |

Vail joins Saturday’s Earth Hour campaign

VAIL, Colorado ” The town of Vail is joining nearly 3,000 cities, towns and municipalities in 83 countries in participating in Earth Hour 2009.

The town is urging employees, businesses, residents and guests to take a break from electric power for one hour this Saturday night from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The town will show its support for this awareness effort by turning off the LED decorative lights that adorn trees at key locations in town, including the main Vail roundabout, plus the Covered Bridge area and near Checkpoint Charlie on Gore Creek Drive in Vail Village, as well as the Lionshead mall area.–

In 2009, Earth Hour organizers have a goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights.

Organizers from and the World Wildlife Fund are urging the world to Vote Earth and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol.

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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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