Turning Off the Lights

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Many lights around the world will all be turned off Saturday night at the same time, and stay off for one hour.

The Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower and Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza are just a few places planning to flip the switch.

"I'll probably watch the game, hang out with some friends. That's what I usually do on Saturday nights," Frank Cikach said.

But for Cikach, this Saturday night might be a little different. That's because when the clock strikes 8:30, the lights are going out.

"It might be a little inconvenient, but it's something I would do for the environment," Cikach said.

Cikach plans to participate in earth hour; drawing attention to global warming, and he's not the only one who will be flipping the switch.

"I'm in a facebook group about it actually." Ted Bogner, who plans to participate, said. "I think it's a good idea. We should do it more often."

"I think it's everyone's job to participate and be part of it," Luke Haumesser, who also plans to participate, said.

Many say they're planning to join in on the effort to save energy by hitting the switch, but others aren't convinced that one hour can really make a difference, and so their Saturday night plans don't include sitting in the dark.

"Just make sure you're always turning off the lights and be conscious of having lights on and having lights off, and that will save more energy than just having it on one day, because one day isn't gonna help the whole entire world," Miranda Hall, who doesn't plan to participate, said.

So whether you make small efforts year round, or take part in a worldwide movement; either way, every light turned off sheds a little more light on the environment.

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  • by Rob Location: Mineral Wells on Mar 28, 2009 at 09:56 AM
    Hey Curtis, Do some checking on this. Candles seem natural, but are almost 100 times less efficient than incandescent light globes, and more than 300 times less efficient than fluorescent lights. If you use one candle for each extinguished globe, you're essentially not cutting CO2 at all, and with two candles you'll emit more CO2. Moreover, candles produce indoor air pollution 10 to 100 times the level of pollution caused by all cars, industry and electricity production. But don't take my word for it, check for yourself.
  • by r Location: parkersburg on Mar 28, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    I wonder... will the lighted billboards be shut off? how about all the huge lighted store fronts? flashing neon signs? Lighted business signs? The huge lighted WTAP sign??? The few lights in the average home are not really going to make any difference.
  • by randy Location: coments on Mar 28, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    I am going to turn on all my lights.Look what they are doing to gasoline. cut back on amount of gas you use and they raise taxes on it, because there isn't enough revinue generated.
  • by Tim Location: Parkersburg on Mar 28, 2009 at 06:27 AM
    There is no Warming, check the records for this year. Cleveland Oh had around thirty record lows this year. England has its coldest winter in two hundred years. Mankind's contributions to the mega sphere called earth is only localized and not gobble. This is another way for government to take control of your life. Do as they say not as they do. Al Gores house used more energy in a month than the average house uses in a year. the speaker of the house has a government aircraft for her personnel use. In times like this she should give this up. If our new president puts cap & trade in place. This counrty will end up in the trash pile of third world countries.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2009 at 05:04 AM
    Well, here's the thing. You're not really saving energy. If everyone turned their lights off, power stations have to work harder and use more power to compinsate when everyone turns the lights back on. It's not really helping any, mor epower will be used when the lights come on than if they just stayed on.
  • by Curtis on Mar 27, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    What a nice way to draw the family together on Saturday night. Turn the lights off, and read a spooky story or dramatic story in turns, by candle light or flashlight! Make memories to share with your family!
  • by The Dixon Family Location: Washington, WV on Mar 27, 2009 at 06:05 PM
    Lights Out Here!!
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