Earth Hour in Aurora features EarthNite at Culture Stock

Culture Stock art painting Miguel Z

Mayor Tom Weisner is reaching out to Aurora businesses, organizations, and the community at large to encourage their participation in Earth Hour 2015 this Saturday evening, March 28.

 

From 8:30 until 9:30 p.m., people around the world are being asked to turn off all non-essential lights to raise awareness of environmental challenges and garner support for sustainable initiatives.

 

The Mayor has directed lights to be turned off for the hour at select City properties, included non-essential lights at City Hall, the Aurora Transportation Center, and the Water Treatment Plant. The historic Paramount Theatre will participate as well, flipping the switch on the marquee for the hour.

 

“Aurora is known as a sustainability leader in the Chicago region and by taking part in this global ‘lights off’ event, we will be acknowledging our commitment to personal and operational actions that benefit the planet in the year ahead,” said Mayor Weisner.

 

In addition, CultureStock Bookstore will celebrate with an event called EarthNite, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., presented by Aurora GreenLights, which includes fun, low-tech activities for the entire family –  environmental storybook readings, a drum circle, kids’ games in English and Spanish, gifts and refreshments all in the semi-darkness of twinkling lights. It is free and open to the public.  Culture Stock Bookstore is located at 43 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora.

 

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people from more than 7000 cities and towns and 152 countries across every continent participating. Earth Hour encourages individuals, businesses and governments to show leadership on environmental solutions through their actions, and use the hour to showcase to the world what measures they are taking to reduce their environmental impact.

 

“In fact, some of the world’s most famous man-made marvels and natural wonders, including the Eiffel Tower, Great Pyramids of Egypt, Buckingham Palace, Niagara and Victoria Falls, the Empire State Building and many more global icons have stood in darkness as a powerful symbol of landmark environmental action,” said Mayor Weisner.

 

Anyone participating can email photos to MyAurora@aurora-il.org. More information can be found at www.earthhour.org.