Las Vegas joins the March 25 “Earth Hour”

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Las Vegas participates during the March 25 Earth Hour where lights are switched off to conserve energy. (Eagle News Service Las Vegas, Lanie Valdecantos)
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Las Vegas before it turned off its lights for the Earth Hour activity on March 25, 2017. (Eagle News Service)


By Lanie Valdecantos
EBC Las Vegas Bureau

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA (Eagle News) — The Las Vegas strip lights went dark on March 25 at 8:30pm local time so it could show its participation in the worldwide event established as “Earth Hour.”

During the event, several major hotels, including all MGM Resorts, Cosmopolitan, Venetian, and Palazzo turned off exterior lighting, rooftop signage, marquees, and any other non-essential lighting to support climate change action. The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign was turned off  as well.

During this global event started by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007, millions of people, businesses, and most iconic landmarks all around the world switched off their lights in hopes to raise awareness and draw attention to the action needed to fight climate change.

A visiting tourist from Whittier, California, Christian Sinabrio, even did his part: “I drive a Hybrid, it’s good on gas and I do not litter. The best thing I can do is be an example for others.”

“Movements matters, and the Earth Hour movement is a global reminder that people are leading the transformation to a more prosperous and renewable future,” said Lou Leonard, senior vice president, climate and energy, World Wildlife Fund.