COLUMBIA — The third annual Earth Hour, a joint venture between the city, local businesses and several sustainability partners will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 27. All households and businesses are encouraged to turn off their lights for the hour.
The event was started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, as a symbol of solidarity against climate change.
"With this, we reduce our carbon footprint and our contribution to global warming," Mayor Darwin Hindman said at a press conference on Monday.
Monta Welch, president of the Columbia Climate Change Coalition, suggested activities for the hour, including candlelit board games and stargazing with neighbors.
A kick off for Earth Hour and the Alternative Transportation Weekend in Columbia will take place at 10 a.m. March 25 in the City Hall lobby.