Lights Out Tonight: Earth Hour 2009

Lights are dimming around the world, as Earth Day marks is way from Sydney, home of the idea of “lights out” from 8:30-9:30 pm, to New York, where the Empire State Building will dim its lights, along with Sears Tower in Chicago, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the lights of the casino strip in Las Vegas. In Canada, lights at Niagara Falls and Toronto’s CN Tower will be turned off.

Organizers feared that the global focus on the economic meltdown would depress interest in this year’s events. Apparently, this is not the case.

The Washington Post reports no word from the White House on Earth Hour (I have no doubt), even though More than 100 students at Bethesda’s Bannockburn Elementary School created an Earth Hour Quilt. They also sent a letter asking President Barack Obama to turn off the lights at the White House for Earth Hour.

To see their quilt and learn more about Earth Hour, visit

Just tried to get on at 7am. The site is slower than molasses, a good sign. I’ll post over on Michelle-Stylle. A