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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2009 Archives > March 2009 > Buffalo To Participate In International Global Warming Awareness Event

Buffalo To Participate In International Global Warming Awareness Event

Contact: Peter K. Cutler

Earth Hour, Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, to Promote Energy Conservation

Mayor Brown today announced that the City of Buffalo will participate in Earth Hour 2009, an international conservation effort led by the World Wildlife Fund. 

Going beyond the designated one hour time in which participants collectively turn off their non-essential lights, Mayor Brown announced that City Hall will extinguish all non-essential lights for the entire evening of Saturday, March 28, 2009.  And the Mayor also proclaimed Saturday as “World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Day Hour” in the City of Buffalo.

“I encourage all residents to participate in Earth Hour this Saturday evening,” said Mayor Brown.  “By raising awareness of global climate changes and the need for energy conservation, we are making an important step toward becoming a more environmentally friendly city.  And although Earth Hour may be brief, I hope that it will have a lasting effect on our energy conservation efforts.”

More than 900 cities and towns will participate in Earth Hour, spanning 25 times zones. Many public buildings and landmarks are scheduled to participate along with Buffalo’s City Hall, including the Electric Tower, New York City’s Empire State Building, Toronto’s CN Tower, London’s Wembley Stadium and the Sphinx and Great Pyramids in Egypt.

"It has been a privilege to work on a project that is not only good for the City of Buffalo but also good for raising environmental awareness on a global scale,” said James Niziol, local Earth Hour coordinator.  “Earth Hour is a great opportunity for people to reflect on their habits when it comes to conservation and stand united for a cause that will effect generations to come. We can no longer ignore that our planet needs serious attention and now is the time to turn out and take action."

The local designated time for Earth Hour is 8:30 p.m.  For more information, go to .