State Sen. Pamela Althoff is encouraging area residents to make a bold statement about climate change.  On March 29, from 8:30 and 9:30 pm, Althoff and millions of other Americans will be turning their lights off as part of “Earth Hour.”

Last year, more than 50 million people switched off their lights for Earth Hour, which is held annually to raise public awareness of climate change, and the need to take proactive steps to reverse harmful environmental practices. The lights went out in the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Coliseum in Rome and the Sydney Opera House. Even Google's home page went dark for the day.

This year, organizers hope to make an even bigger impact. Hundreds of cities have already agreed to participate in Earth Hour 2009, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Sydney and Hong Kong.

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