People turn out lights across globe for Earth Hour
In a World Wildife Fund-sponsored event designed to conserve energy and promote awareness of climate change, individuals and businesses around the globe doused their electric lights Saturday night from 8 to 9 p.m. local time.
ComEd spokesman Jeff Burdick said that about 840,000 pounds of carbon dioxide were kept out of the air by the company’s customers in Chicago and northern Illinois.
Christchurch, New Zealand kicked off the event, the first of 380 towns and cities in 35 countries to participate. The New Zealand Herald reported that worldwide electricity use was cut by 12.8% during the event.
New Zealand Herald