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Residents, businesses invited to participate in Earth Hour

The City of Kansas City, Mo., will join cities across the globe in shutting off non-essential lighting for an hour on Saturday, March 23, and requests other government entities, businesses and residents to do the same. This symbolic gesture, known as Earth Hour, takes place from 8:30-9:30 p.m. to show how people can work together toward better environmental practices.

During Earth Hour, the City will turn off all non-essential lighting in City Hall and other facilities to demonstrate the City’s commitment to reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Earth Hour is a grassroots movement that began in 2007 when more than two million people and 2,000 businesses in Sydney, Australia switched their lights off for one hour to take a stand on climate change. This gesture spread quickly, and last year it reached more than 7,000 cities, towns and municipalities in 152 countries and territories.

Businesses interested in participating in Earth Hour are encouraged to contact Gerald Shechter, sustainability coordinator, at 816-513-3401.

For more information about Earth Hour, visit


City News Releases - 2013

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