Evanston is the 2015 U.S. Earth Hour City Capital

Evanston is the 2015 U.S. Earth Hour City Capital

by Antonio Pasolini
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.@CityofEvanston, Ill., recognized as 2015 U.S. #EarthHour City Capital http://bit.ly/1xVeq3a via @Justmeans @WWF

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 8:00am



It’s that time of the year when we approach Earth Hour (March 28) and pause for a reflection on humanity’s actions on the planet and the effects its presence is having on Mother Earth. Earth Hour is a call for action on the climate. Organized by WWF, it is remembered across the globe, when millions of people switch off their lights on that date at 8:30pm local time. In some places, the cities organize official events.

In the U.S., major landmarks across the country, including One Times Square, the St. Louis Arch and the Golden Gate Bridge, will turns off the lights to support the action. But other smaller cities are getting in on the act, too. In coordination with the 9th annual Earth Hour celebration, local climate efforts are recognized through WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge, a year-long challenge that honors cities that reduce their carbon footprint and respond to the threats of climate change.

The city of Evanston (IL) was selected from 44 U.S. entries to represent the country as the 2015 Earth Hour City Capital, picking up the crown from Chicago, the choice of 2014.

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Antonio Pasolini is a journalist based in Brazil who writes about alternative energy, green living and sustainability. He edits Energyrefuge.com, a top web destination for news and comment on renewable energy, and contributes articles on emerging technology to Gizmag. He is also a happy herbivore.