San Francisco To Go Dark For Earth Hour

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and
office towers throughout San Francisco will go dark for an hour
Saturday night as part of a global campaign to raise awareness
about climate change.

San Francisco is one 25 major cities around the world participating in Earth Hour, a one-hour voluntary shutdown of nonessential lights between 8 and 9 p.m.

The shutdown began Saturday in Sydney, where the Australian city's iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge went dark along with hundreds of homes and businesses.

Organizers say the event will do little to slow global warming, but it will help make people aware of the need to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Atlanta, Chicago and Phoenix are among the U.S. cities taking part in the second-annual Earth Hour, which is being organized by the World Wildlife Fund.

In San Francisco, Coit Tower and the Ghirardelli Square sign will be go dark, and some restaurants plan to turn off exterior lights and offer candlelight dinners.

Information from: The Oakland Tribune,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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