Monday, October 1, 2007
We are Lights Out America
Hello and welcome to our blog,
We are Lights Out America, a grassroots community group now organizing a nationwide energy savings event on Saturday, March 29, 2008. On this night, we invite the entire nation including businesses, city and federal government agencies, schools, and individuals to turn off all non-essential lighting to save energy.
We started with a local event in San Francisco for which we created a template and lessons learned that can be applied in creating similar events in cities throughout the country. In the process of building Lights Out San Francisco we were contacted by people in cities across the country, and even around the world, in hopes of organizing Lights Out events in their own towns. With that, we decided to spread our campaign nationally and globally.
You may ask: what good does one hour do? What do we hope to accomplish?
Today, the United States consumes more energy and emits more greenhouse gases than any other country in the world. Our nation's growing appetite for energy must be controlled to protect our planet from the effects of the climate crisis.
We were inspired by a similar event recently held in Sydney, Australia, called Earth Hour. In Sydney, 2.2 million people participated. Their one hour of lights out meant that 24.86 tons of carbon dioxide were not released into the air - the equivalent of taking 48,613 cars off the road for one hour.
Of course, we'd hope for the same or better here.
Polls show that Americans are concerned about climate change (71% believe it is real and 60% believe it poses a serious problem). We've consistently seen that people want to do their part to combat climate change, but they're not sure what or how easy it can be.
Now is the time to organize the nation and give everyone an active role in reducing energy consumption. A part of the solution to climate change involves education and giving people simple tasks that are easy to achieve.
On Saturday, March 29th we invite households nationwide to install one compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) and turn off all non-essential lighting to save energy and fight global warming. The day will end with a one-hour lights out celebration, which we hope will take place across the US.
How can you get involved? We're glad you asked. Your support is critical to making Lights Out America a success.
If you are a business or individual, pledge your support to turn your non-essential lighting off on March 29. If you are interested in volunteering or helping us, email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also
Please join us in turning out your non-essential lights on Saturday, March 29, 2008, and stay tuned here for more information.
The Lights Out America Team