This year, Earth Hour, will be observed on Saturday, March 31 between 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Hundreds of millions of people in thousands of cities and towns around the world are expected to turn off their lights in observation of the largest environmental event in history. More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide participated in 2011, sending a powerful message for action on climate change.
Co-chair of the West Orange Energy Commission Michael Brick led the call for state residents to switch their lights off on March 31.
“The inventive genius of individuals like Thomas Edison pushes the frontiers of science with breakthroughs like the incandescent bulb that enhance our quality of life. We call upon the same inventive genius in each of us to fight climate change,” Brick said. “Participating in Earth Hour is a powerful symbol of our commitment to help heal the planet and an important step in making that a reality.”
The Township of West Orange is a participating member in Earth Hour. The town’s mayor, Robert Parisi called for greater participation by residents and commended the Commission for its initiative in raising awareness of the global event.
“Thomas Edison was one of the most influential figures of the millennium because he provided light and power to the masses,” said Parisi. “Turning out the lights at Edison’s West Orange laboratories is a monumental symbol that shows the world West Orange is committed to fighting climate change and the future health of our planet.”
“This one symbolic act, of switching off one’s light for only 60 minutes, connects millions of people from around the world,” said Councilwoman Susan McCartney who also serves as the Energy Commission’s liaison to the Township.