Empire State Building Goes Dark Tonight as New York Observes Earth Hour

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The Empire State Building will be shutting off its lights tonight for an hour at 8:30 in observation of Global Earth Hour 2010. Earth Hour is an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund, which asks "individuals, schools, organizations, businesses and governments" to turn off or dim their lights for an hour tonight in support of action on climate change. Last year, 4,000 cities in 87 countries went dark, including 318 US cities. The WWF estimates that 80 million Americans participated. This year, New York State has signed on, and so has Brooklyn. Oddly, given our mayor's well-known green tendencies, the city doesn't appear to be directly involved.

Other local landmarks taking part: the Citigroup Center, the Coca-Cola Billboard in Times Square, the Chrysler Building, the New York Life building, the Time Warner Center, The New York Public Library, 7 World Trade Center and the other Silverstein Properties buildings, The Helmsley Building and other Monday Properties buildings, the Grand Hyatt New York, and 39 Broadway theaters.


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