Carmel Community Participates in Earth Hour 2011

On Earth Hour, March 26, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. local time, hundreds of millions of people came together by doing something quite simple— turning off non-essential lights and electrical equipment for one hour.  In what was the largest public demonstration in history, the event symbolizes that by working together, each of us can make a positive impact in seeking energy and climate solutions.

Earth Hour 2011 reached record participation, with 131 countries and territories registered to switch off. Many countries will be officially joining in for the first time, including: Lebanon, Jamaica, Iran, Uganda, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Chad, Azerbaijan, Gibraltar, Palestine, Suriname, Uzbekistan, Trinidad & Tobago and Lesotho.   In the United States, Earth Hour was observed in all 50 states.

In Carmel, Indiana, Mayor Jim Brainard proclaimed March 26, 2011 as the day to honor WWF’s Earth Hour to emphasize the importance of conserving our energy resources, protecting our natural resources and saving tax dollars.  View the Mayor’s proclamation and the City's green initiatives.

Carmel City Hall dimmed its lights and joined such global icons as the Eiffel Tower, Sydney's Opera House, the Great Pyramids of Gaza and New York's Empire State Building (view Youtube).

Over 1,250 Carmel students participated in the 2011 Earth Hour – Earth Day Art Contest to learn about conserving energy through art.

Green Teams at Carmel Clay Schools joined with families around the world to teach kids about the importance of saving energy and how together we can create a cleaner, safer and more secure future.

Earth Hour is just one step in an ongoing conversation and continual effort toward a more sustainable world. To go beyond Earth Hour and build a more sustainable community here in Carmel, get involved.  Contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .