City of Carmel to Participate in Earth Hour this Saturday

March 25, 2014 – The City of Carmel is encouraging residents and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights, computers, cars and other electronic items as part of the worldwide Earth Hour event taking place on this Saturday, March 29, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.  The City itself will also be participating by turning out all of the lights in and around City Hall as it has for the past four years.  By taking part in this global “lights out” event, Carmel will be acknowledging our commitment to personal and operational actions that benefit the planet in the year ahead.

New this year, the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana will be partnering with the City and will be hosting several badge activities for girls of all ages to complete while the lights are out at City Hall.  One such activity will involve star gazing through telescopes.  This is an exciting partnership which will raise more awareness around this event and will involve the youth; who will be inheriting the world we leave behind.

Earth Hour began as a single-city initiative – in Sydney, Australia – in 2007 and has since grown into a global movement.  Hundreds of millions of people from more than 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries/territories across every continent switch off their lights for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment; creating the largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world.  Earth Hour's mission is three-fold: To bring people together through a symbolic hour-long event; To galvanize people into taking action beyond the hour; And to create an interconnected global community sharing the mutual goal of creating a sustainable future for the planet.

To get a better sense of the magnitude and inspiring nature of the event, please take a moment to watch the Earth Hour 2014 video at http://ehour.me/2014ViD.

"The City is pleased to support Earth Hour this year to emphasize the importance of conserving our energy resources. This is a symbolic event in which every single person can participate. Our city prides itself on being environmentally friendly, and this is one more way we can encourage our residents and businesses to care for our planet," said Mayor Jim Brainard.

For more information on Earth Hour, or to sign up as an individual for the event, visit www.earthhour.org. For more information on the City of Carmel's environmental initiatives, visit the city's Web site at www.carmel.in.gov.