The AGO will be participating in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 27. Earth Hour is a global lights-out event led by World Wildlife Fund to demonstrate that each of us can help fight climate change.
The AGO will be making a concerted effort to turn off or turn down lights wherever possible throughout the building between 8:30 and 9:30 pm. Interior & exterior building lighting will be dimmed to minimal emergency lighting only during the hour.
The first earth hour was held on March 31, 2007, when 2.2 million people and 2100 Sydney (Australia) businesses turned off their lights for one hour. This massive collective effort reduced Sydney's energy consumption by 10.2% for one hour, which is the equivalent effect of taking 48,000 cars off the road for a year. For a taste of what is happening globally this year, check out www.earthhour.org.