Don't be scared when lights in downtown Redwood City go out Saturday night at 8:30.
The City of Redwood City says, it's all in the name of "Earth Hour," an initative started by the World Wildlife Fund.
"This Saturday, March 23, at 8:30 p.m., thousands of cities around the world will go dark for one hour during Earth Hour, the annual campaign by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to raise awareness of the environmental challenges we all face, such as climate change," the City said in a statement this week.
The City is inviting the entire Redwood City community to participate in this symbolic gesture, by turning off the lights in their homes and businesses for an hour.
"It is easy to forget how much we depend on the planet for so many things like food, fuel, water, and fresh air, and that the actions we take - from the energy we use to the food we buy - have an effect on the world," said the City's statement. "Earth Hour is an opportunity to share in exhibiting a commitment to protect our planet not just for one hour a year, but every day."
The City will be turning off "all non-essential lights" at City Hall and in Courthouse Square for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday night, and encourages the community to do the same.
"By turning off lights on March 23 at 8:30 p.m. local time, community members will be symbolizing making the switch to a cleaner, more secure nation and prosperous America," said the City's statement.
For more information, visit http://worldwildlife.org/earthhour.
For an update on the City of Redwood City's environmental initiatives, see the City's 2013 Strategic Initiatives Update.
What do you think of Earth Hour? Will you participate? Tell us in the comments below.
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