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LR asks homes, businesses to go dark for Earth Hour

By ArkansasOnline

This article was published March 27, 2014 at 10:17 a.m.

The city of Little Rock is encouraging homes and businesses to switch off nonessential lighting for Earth Hour, a global initiative by the World Wildlife Fund to heighten awareness of climate change.

Officials said Little Rock is one of more than 7,000 cities that will go dark for an hour at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The World Wildlife Fund since 2007 has urged everyone to join the hour-long blackout on the same day in March. The event is geared toward "showing everyone that the world's environmental issues don't have to overwhelm us," the international nongovernmental organization says on its website.

"As good stewards of the environment, we encourage Little Rock residents, businesses and organizations to participate in Earth Hour this Saturday by turning off all non-essential lights,” Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola said in a statement. “The City has made significant efforts to reduce energy usage and save money through innovative actions such as retrofitting most City buildings with motion-activated light switches ... With these switches in place, the City of Little Rock will be participating in Earth Hour in a substantial way.”

Stodola said the city has also worked to reduce its carbon footprint, or its total greenhouse-gas emissions, by switching to light-emitting diode traffic and cross signals; and by upgrading its heating and air-conditioning units.

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mhck52 says... March 27, 2014 at 10:40 a.m.

You know what this means ... everyone should turn on all their lights and tell Stodala to mind his own Liberal business. BTW; LED traffic lights don't melt snow or ice so they can't be seen in winter weather.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 27, 2014 at 11:10 a.m.

Stodala? Who in the world is Stodala?

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Dontcallmenames says... March 27, 2014 at 11:26 a.m.

You know what this means ... everyone should turn on all their lights and tell Stodola to mind his own Liberal business. I'm making a note right now to turn ON all my lights at 8:30 pm. If all us who know this garbage is phony do this, we can shut down the electricity grids at that time to shove it in his face!

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Packman says... March 27, 2014 at 11:35 a.m.

Had this not been politicized by "climate change" nonsense' I would have gladly participated. Now, I'm leaving on every light in the house and turning up the thermostat one degree to honor climate change conspiracy wingnuts. The law of unintended consequences always seems to escape libs.

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FreeSpiritMan says... March 27, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.

Please leave these comments where your grand kids children can read them and thank GOD your genes were not passed down to them as every one will be wearing mask and using water purification tablets, unless the kids of today start cleaning up the enviornment.

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Jfish says... March 27, 2014 at 12:08 p.m.

Well said Bill.

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Packman says... March 27, 2014 at 3:33 p.m.

@BillSmithFreeSpiritMan and Jfish - Why is it libs never learn? The world was ending in the 1880's when the railroad came to town. The world was ending in the 30's when the dreaded automobile came into prominence. The world was ending in the 1990's when Algore said the polar caps were melting. Now, the world is ending in a nanosecond of relative Earth time due to mankind being mankind. Chicken Little must have been a liberal Democrat.

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sgtbob6606140841 says... March 27, 2014 at 4:16 p.m.

Hey, I got your carbon footprint.

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