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Global effort asks people to turn off lights

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People interested in showing support for global environmental protection efforts can participate tonight in Earth Hour 2018.

A grassroots movement that began in Australia in 2007, this year’s global Earth Hour asks participants to turn off non-essential lights for an hour starting at 8:30 p.m. their time.

One of the effort’s sponsors is the World Wildlife Federation. Worldwide participants include landmarks, cities and businesses with some of the more recognizable places in the United States being the Empire State Building in New York City, Niagara Falls in New York state, Pike’s Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.

While no New Mexico landmarks or cities have yet indicated participation, cities in Colorado and in Texas have signed up to turn off their non-essential lights for an hour, according to the earthhour.org website.

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