North Carolinians take part in Earth Hour

Posted March 27, 2010 11:01 p.m. EDT
Updated March 27, 2010 11:09 p.m. EDT

— North Carolinians were asked to turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour Saturday, beginning at 8:30 p.m., as part of Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a worldwide initiative to raise awareness about climate change and energy conservation.

The City of Raleigh joined other governments, businesses and organizations in participating in Earth Hour by turning off non-essential lighting at municipal buildings.

This was the third year of Earth Hour, which attracted more than 80 million participants in the United States and nearly a billion people around the world in 2009. Lights were dimmed on such global icons as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sydney’s Opera House, the Great Pyramids of Gaza and New York’s Empire State Building.