The City of West Hollywood is turning down the lights for Earth Hour 2018–a worldwide event that aims to raise awareness about climate change. The Lights will be Dimmed at West Hollywood City Hall for One Hour on Saturday, March 24 from 8:30pm to 9:30 pm.
Each year, millions of people around the world join the Earth Hour movement and switch off their lights for one hour to demonstrate support for protecting our planet and stopping climate change. Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961.
For Earth Hour 2018, the City of West Hollywood will join with cities, universities, businesses, and landmarks across the country that have committed to turning off or dimming their lights for one hour in support of climate action.
Other cities to recognize Earth Hour 2018 will include Charlotte, NC; Columbus, OH; Kansas City, MO; and Las Vegas, NV, and landmarks will include the Empire State Building in New York City; Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco; and the Miami Tower in Miami, FL, among many others.
Earth Hour 2018 comes at a critical moment in the fight against climate change. In July 2017, the City of West Hollywood joined with more than 1,000 cities and mayors from major metropolitan centers such as Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles to sign the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement. During the past year, more than 2,600 leaders across the nation, including state legislatures, municipalities, board rooms, faith organizations, and college campuses, have stepped up to declare that they are “still in” and remain committed to meeting climate goals set forth in the Paris climate agreement.
One of the City of West Hollywood’s core values is respect for the environment. The City has a strong record of developing and instituting progressive and forward-thinking environmental policies. In 2011, the City released its Climate Action Plan, which is designed to address climate change and reduce the community’s greenhouse gas emissions at the local level. Although climate change is a global problem, the City recognizes that many strategies to adapt to a changing climate are best enacted at the local level. The City’s Climate Action Plan outlines a series of actions that West Hollywood is taking to reduce its contributions to global climate change by reducing GHG emissions.
For additional information on Going Green in West Hollywood, please visit weho.org/residents/go-green
For additional information about the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)’s Earth Hour, please visit worldwildlife.org/pages/earth-hour.