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Earth Hour on Saturday will bring symbolic ‘lights out’ for climate change awareness

Organizers say 7,000 cities around the world will turn lights off to bring attention to the cause.

In a symbolic gesture to bring more attention to climate change, cities around the world will hold an hour of “lights out” Saturday night.

Organizers say 7,000 cities in 162 countries are joining in “Earth Hour” and turning off lights to save energy. In Minnesota, E-hour is 8:30–9:30 p.m. Saturday.

St. Paul is part of the effort, with many public and private buildings taking part. Mayor Chris Coleman said:

“For one hour, Saint Paul will join together with communities all over the world to raise awareness around climate change. But for the majority of those communities, including our own, these efforts go beyond Earth Hour — they’re issues that are being tackled every day as we continue to face a rapidly changing climate.”

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City officials said in recent years St. Paul has completed 120 energy-saving projects in 60 municipal facilities using federal stimulus money, reducing the overall energy consumption in those facilities by an average of 30 percent. 

Duluth and the University of Minnesota are also on the World Wildlife Fund’s list of participants; so is Target Center in Minneapolis.

Also participating are many world landmarks: the Sydney Opera House, Empire State Building, Gateway Arch, Niagara Falls, Willis Tower, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, the House of Parliament, Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin and Brandenburg Gate.

St. Paul buildings and places that will go dark for an hour Saturday night include:

  • Saint Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Court House
  • Minnesota State Capitol
  • District Energy St. Paul
  • First National Bank
  • Landmark Center
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum
  • Rice Park
  • RiverCentre/Xcel Energy Center
  • Bremer Tower
  • US Bank Center
  • Wells Fargo Place
  • Arlington Hills Community Center
  • George Latimer Central Library
  • Hayden Heights Library
  • Highland Park Library
  • Merriam Park Library
  • Riverview Library
  • Rondo Community Outreach Library
  • Saint Anthony Park Library
  • Sun Ray Library
  • West 7th Library