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Observing Earth hour

Letter to the Editor | Thursday, March 27, 2008

Students of Notre Dame,

This Saturday, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., is Earth Hour, an event created to raise awareness about energy usage and conservation and encourage people to reduce energy waste. Cities around the world will be participating (including world landmarks such as the Sears Tower in Chicago, Brighton Pier in England, Niagara Falls, the Sydney Opera House, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz in San Francisco, among others) by turning off the lights for a one-hour long period.

Earth Hour is the highlight of a major campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take simple steps that will collectively make a difference – from businesses turning off their lights when offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby. It is important that the Notre Dame community join in this effort. We have asked that all rectors and rectresses switch off their dorm’s hall lights. However, it is more important that the students do their part by turning off their room lights, TVs, computers, etc. This Earth Hour is intended to show that if each of us does our own little part, collectively, we will make a huge impact.

This is not a political movement. This is a simple effort to reduce frivolous waste. So please join the millions of people around the world this Saturday and turn off your lights/electronic devices  … I’m sure you’ll find that patty-cake (or whatever you do on Saturday evenings) can be just as fun in the dark, if not more so.

Thank you for your support.

Mark McGuire


Keough Hall

Lorna Bath


Pangborn Hall

March 27