Earth Hour to be Celebrated by Astronomy Club

Earth Hour is a WWF promoted movement aimed at raising awareness for climate change, energy efficiency, light pollution, and other important environmental issues. Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 172 countries and territories worldwide.

The UR Astronomy Club is planning campus events in observance of Earth Hour Saturday, March 19 from 8:30-9:30 p.m.  Their aim is to inform the University of Rochester community about the importance of energy efficiency and climate change awareness. They are planning a number of events during the lights-out hour. Events include a stargazing party on the Wilson Quad, an expert talk by a prominent figure in energy sustainability, reaching out to on-campus dorms and having students turn their dorm lights off for the hour as well, and other demos provided by SA organizations who embody the Earth Hour message. For more information, contact Ryan Rubenzahl.

All at the University and beyond are invited to observe this hour by symbolically turning the lights off from 8:30-9:30pm.


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