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Bettendorf Supports Earth Hour 2012

March 26, 2012
The City of Bettendorf announced today that it will officially support Earth Hour 2012, a global climate event led by the World Wildlife Fund.  Cities and states around the world have already committed to go dark for one hour on March 31, 2012 at 8:30 p.m., local time, as tens of millions of people from all corners of the world unite in a call for global action on climate change. 


Earth Hour is an event in which millions of Americans will turn out their lights for one hour in support of action on climate change and towards creating a cleaner, safer and more secure future.  2012 marks the fifth year of the event, which attracted more than 80 million participants in the U.S. last year, and 1.8 billion people around the world, as lights dimmed on such global icons as the Sydney's Opera House, Rome's Coliseum, the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge.


"Every day we follow good energy saving practices like shutting off lights that are not essential and keeping the thermostats turned down.  We are happy to remind people how important energy-saving practices are in reducing pollution, strengthening the local economy, and helping us move towards energy independence."


According to the World Wildlife Fund, more than 5,000 cities and towns in 135 countries around the world are expected to take part in Earth Hour 2012.  The City of Bettendorf will turn off non-essential lighting in public buildings and encourages city employees, businesses and residents to participate in this effort. 


Earth Hour 2012 - What Will You Be Doing?  For more information on Earth Hour 2012 and what you can do to reduce carbon emissions, please visit