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Earth Hour 2009: You had better be reading this in the dark!

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Newyorkblackout_lHappy Earth Hour 2009! You know what’s funny? I had no idea there was an Earth Hour 2009. Sorry. Guess I’m not very eco-conscious. Don’t judge me — I do buy recycled paper towels and toilet paper! That has to count for something. But it made me feel a tad better when I checked the official website and discovered that Earth Hour only began in 2007. To summarize, in case you’re Earth Hour ignorant like me, it’s an initiative to get everyone in the world to shut off their lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. today in a stance against global warming. Here’s hoping you don’t have anything important to do during that chunk of time, like reading or performing surgery. The organizers are hoping that 1 billion people participate this year, which seems astonishing. Apparently, the lights at the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids of Giza will even be switching off for the big event. Which begs the question: “Why do the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids of Giza have lights?” 

In any case, I plan to participate. Of course, it helps that I will be out of my apartment during the hour of 8:30-9:30 p.m. tonight. Now that I think about it, I do waste a lot of electricity with my lights. In fact, Thursday night I completely passed out on my couch with both living room lamps on, which makes me sound like a narcoleptic or something.

Are you going to participate in Earth Hour, PopWatchers? Do you think it will make a difference?

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