When is Earth Hour 2011?

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Empire State Building, New York, with lights on beofre being switched off in support of Earth Hour 2010. Photo: WWF/Rob Johnson

Empire State Building, New York, with the lights switched off in support of Earth Hour 2010. Photo: WWF/Rob Johnson

This upcoming Saturday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m. local time, millions of homes and businesses around the world will go dark for one hour in observance of Earth Hour.

Today, Jones Lang LaSalle and LaSalle Investment Management announced that it will power down its non-emergency lighting in its facilities throughout 50 countries. Verizon will darken more than 500 company locations to conserve more than 45,000 kilowatt hours of energy. AEG-affiliated venues in 25 cities, six countries and three continents will also participate. Its major venues include the Best Buy Theater in New York, Staples Center in Los Angeles and the O2 Arena in London.

The World Wildlife Fund hosts the annual Earth Hour to promote climate change awareness and energy conservation. The event began in Sydney in 2007, with 2 million people switching off their lights. By 2010, Earth Hour had created history as the largest voluntary action ever witnessed with participation across 128 countries and territories and every continent.

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