Brooklyn – Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman is leading the effort in the Assembly to include New York State in an international effort, called Earth Hour, to promote energy conservation and draw attention to climate change. Initiated by the World Wildlife Fund, International Earth Hour encourages individuals, schools, organizations, businesses and governments to pledge to turn off unnecessary lighting for one hour, at 8:30 pm on Saturday, March 27th. This month, Assemblywoman Millman passed legislative resolution K1109 to officially declare International Earth Hour throughout the state of New York.
“International Earth Hour empowers each of us to conserve energy by demonstrating that together we can make a huge difference,” stated New York State Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman. “In New York State, it is important that we add our voice to the chorus of world leaders committed to combating climate change. I’m proud to say that my Assembly colleagues from across the state support this resolution. This signifies that New Yorkers are serious about addressing our environmental situation quickly and boldly.”
In 2009, nearly one billion people in 4,100 cities in 87 countries in each of the seven continents observed Earth Hour. In New York City, the lights were shut off at the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the U.N. Headquarters, the Chrysler Building and the marquees on Broadway to mark Earth Hour. Around the world, the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London, the Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong, the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janiero all went dark to show support for reversing climate change. For more information about how you can pledge to participate, please visit the My Earth Hour Web site.