Assemblywoman Asks Residents To Shut Off Lights For “Earth Hour”

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SCOTCH PLAINS – A New Jersey assemblywoman is asking state residents to turn off their lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday to recognize “Earth Hour.”

“The goal of Earth Hour is to raise continued awareness of climate change, and take global action to conserve our precious resources for the future”, said Asw. Linda Stender, who sponsored a resolution urging New Jersey to recognize “Earth Hour” last year.

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In 2007, the World Wildlife Fund created the “Earth Hour” campaign to promote awareness of global warming and encourage people to reduce their use of fossil fuels. Last year, more than 4,000 cities in 128 countries joined in the global event.

Critics say that sitting in the dark for an hour once a year does little to help fight climate change.

According to QMI Agency columnist Brian Lilley, “Earth Hour is only one small step beyond Slacktivism, the kind of protest you express by changing your Facebook status to show you support cancer research but doesn’t require a donation.”

Author Dennis Posadas notes that “it is cheaper for companies to be Earth Hour sponsors than to actually make permanent changes to their operations to allow them to consume less electricity.”

For more information regarding Earth Hour visit www.earthhour.org.


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