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EARTH HOUR APPROACHES CHICAGO: Chicago Darkens for One Hour at 8:00 Tonight!

34 CITIES AROUND THE WORLD SHOW SUPPORT TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASES!

McDonald's Restaurants around the planet are going dark tonight.  So are landmark buildings.  All in support of an event showing support for efforts to reduce Greenhouse Gases in our atmosphere, and resulting possible Global Warming, sponsored by The World Wildlife Fund.

Here in Chicago, the Sears Tower - the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, will go dark for an hour.  So will the John Hancock Building and the famed Chicago Water Tower, both on Michigan Avenue.  The Merchandise Mart, still the world's largest commercial office building (but far from the tallest) will participate.

Colorful signs and lights in the Chicago Loop Theater District will darken at 8 tonight, as will the famous Navy Pier Ferris Wheel.  Only essential lights will be on in many businesses throughout downtown Chicago.  Even the lights illuminating Michael Jordan's statue at the United Center will go dark in a show of support!

The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers downtown will offer "green" cocktails with special glow-in-the-dark ice cubes to celebrate Earth Hour.  Students at several colleges throughout Chicago will sponsor special festivities - Illinois Institute of Technology students will be hosting a earth-glow Frisbee competition at 8 tonight.

WWF's Vice President and Managing Director for Climate Change, Richard Moss, hopes for wide ranging participation tonight.  "Each person is just being asked to do something simple by turning off some non-essential lights," he said.

Having a "flashlight dinner" is one way Chicago's Chief Environmental Officer, Sadhu Johnson, suggests for making Earth Hour memorable.  He suggests that lit oil lanterns be avoided here, however - we don't need another Great Chicago Fire!

See the full story in today's Chicago Tribune, in Susan Kuczka's article.

DEAN MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2008 5:41 PM by Dean's Team

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