Lights out in observance of Earth Hour

(FOX19) - Households in Cincinnati and around the world are turning off their lights on Saturday evening in observance of the sixth annual Earth Hour.

Earth Hour in an annual event that was started by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature in 2007 to show individuals the potential of power-saving tactics.

Households are encouraged to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness for the need to take action on climate change.

Cincinnati has been recognized by WWF as a leader in reducing carbon emissions.

Cincinnati has been selected as global finalists in World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour City Challenge, a year-long challenge rewarding cities that are preparing for increasingly extreme weather and promoting renewable energy. WWF recognized Cincinnati's efforts on their website stating:

"Cincinnati is developing a power aggregation agreement that would make it the largest city in the U.S. to supply its energy entirely from renewable sources and committing to reducing carbon emissions two percent annually for 42 years. The city is also working with residents, businesses and community leaders throughout the city to adopt climate-smart policies; expanding current tree planting efforts, promoting metro ridership, educating students about sustainability and conducting energy audits for local non-profits."  

Earth Hour 2013 will be held on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. through 9:30 p.m.

For more information on Earth Hour, visit the Earth Hour website.

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