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City Hall to participate in Earth Hour March 28

City of Kansas City, Mo., City Councilmembers today announced the City’s participation in Earth Hour, which includes turning off the roof lights on City Hall from 8:30-9:30 p.m. March 28. The efforts are in coordination with the Show Me Your Solutions Campaign, which works to show how everyone can make a difference in preventing climate change.

City Councilmembers Cathy Jolly, 6th District at large; Cindy Circo, 5th District at Large; and City Councilwoman Jan Marcason, 4th District, announced the City’s participation in the event at a news conference at 10 a.m. today on the 8th floor of City Hall, 414 E. 12th St. The councilmembers were joined by Jill DeWitt, Audubon Society of Missouri; Robert Wagner, International Dark-Sky Association; and Claus Wawrzinek, Sierra Club.

“Kansas City is proud to be among the 2,848 cites, towns and municipalities that have committed to participate in Earth Hour 2009, by turning off the lights at City Hall from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 28,” Jolly said.

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. In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. The Show Me Your Solutions Campaign is designed to show Missourians how they can help prevent climate change by taking action at the local level. Policymakers, including members of Congress, also are being challenged to demonstrate their solutions to climate change.

Media inquires about this issue should be directed to Lisa Sturgeon, aide to Councilwoman Cathy Jolly, (816) 513-1602.

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