On Sat., March 26, Belmont University will participate for the third year in a row in “Belmont Goes Dark: An Earth Hour Celebration” as part of a global project to raise awareness of climate change. Belmont’s celebration of Earth Hour is part of a world-wide event supporting environmental awareness and sustainability.
An initiative of the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour was started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. This year the Belmont community will join with hundreds of millions of people in 133 countries around the globe in observing Earth Hour.
Belmont’s O.N.E. Club (Our Natural Environment), a student organization, in partnership with Residence Life, will participate in the 8-9 p.m. campus celebration of Earth Hour Saturday. All non-emergency lighting in residence halls and on campus grounds will be turned off, and all students are being encouraged to refrain from using energy-consuming devices during that time. Earth Hour, however, will not interfere with other regularly scheduled campus events. For more information on Earth Hour 2011, visit www.earthhour.org.