Chicago to turn off lights for one hour

February 16, 2008

Chicago plans to join more than 20 other cities and shut off exterior lights on public buildings for an hour in an effort to raise environmental awareness.

The voluntary hour of energy conservation is to occur worldwide on March 29 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. as part of Earth Hour 2008, sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday.

It's "a symbolic gesture to remind us that we all share the responsibility of global warming," Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said Friday.

Exterior lights also will turn off for the hour on Chicago landmarks such as the Merchandise Mart, Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center, said a World Wildlife Fund statement.

Other participating cities include Toronto, Manila, Bangkok, Copenhagen, Melbourne and Tel Aviv.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

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1 / 5 (1) Feb 19, 2008
This is insane! I was in Chicago when the lights went out during a power outage. The West Side and Southside faced looting and rampant crime in those places. And, now, they want to turn off the lights deliberately? Turning off lights for an hour on public buildings might well end up providing an opportunity for certain kinds of criminal activity.

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