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Earth Hour

Written by Monta Welch.

 

 

 

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INTERNATIONAL EARTH HOUR 2013 

YOU’RE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CITY OF COLUMBIA AND SURROUNDING AREA’S ‘EARTH HOUR DAY AND HOUR’ 2013!

  

PARTICIPATE HERE OR WHERE EVER YOU ARE/COLUMBIA EVENTS BELOW!!!  

The first Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against the human contributions to climate change. From there, Earth Hour has now become a global sustainability movement with hundreds of millions of people, across more than 156 countries and territories in over 7,000 cities and towns, including Columbians, all adding their ‘voices and votes’ by ‘flipping the switch’! Landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Coliseum, have stood in darkness, each year since, to send a message of solidarity in a critical cause that grows more urgent by the hour!

 

Every year since Sydney’s beginning of Earth Hour, growing millions have ‘switched-off’ in solidarity, pledging support to act together and this effort has been brought to you by the Columbia Climate Change Coalition, along with participation from Columbia’s Mayors, Darwin Hindman and now Bob McDavid, the Columbia City Council, the City of Columbia, and other organizations, businesses, schools and area faith communities.

 

 In 2013 Mayor McDavid issues Columbia’s Earth Hour Day and Hour Proclamation, once again, calling on all Columbians to join with the International community to “Switch off”, brought to you again by the Columbia Climate Change Coalition, our Mayor, Columbia’s City Council, the City of Columbia, and other friends, community organizations, businesses, and schools. On Saturday, March 23, 8:30 PM-9:30 PM, please join citizens here and around the world in saving money; reducing our environmental impact; creating “green” jobs and whole new industries and economies; improving our national and homeland security; reducing healthcare costs by improving our health through a cleaner environment; educating about sustainability and the impacts of global climate change; and having fun with family, friends and neighbors all at the same time!

 

Start planning now to observe Earth Hour 2013, Saturday, March 23, 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM! Invite family, friends, and neighbors into backyards, enjoy the night sky! Discuss sustainability, how you’re “going green”, reducing your carbon footprint, saving money and how you plan to save even more! Enjoy a dinner by candlelight at home or at a local, participating restaurant, invite family and friends---discuss the issue, share information or read a book on the topic by flashlight, play cards or board games. Buy a solar or human-powered flashlight for the occasion---expand your safety equipment while boosting the economy. Make it fun and educational! Join others here, wherever you are, and around the world “switching-off” in symbolic solidarity, celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all share---our planet, Earth!!!

 

Spread the word! Help make International Earth Hour 2013 the biggest yet!!

THANK YOU FOR ‘SWITCHING OFF’!!  HELP ‘SPREAD THE WORD’!!

 

TWITTER, TWEET, FACEBOOK, EMAIL, FORWARD WIDELY!!


EARTH HOUR 2013

Turn Off Lights & Non-Essential Electricity in Solidarity with World Citizens Pushing For Global Sustainability, Energy, & Environmental Solutions!

SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 8:30-9:30 PM

PARTICIPATE AT HOME AND/ OR AT THESE EVENTS

 

 

WATCH LANDMARKS DARKEN:

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, JESSE HALL; CITY HALL; DANIEL BOONE REGIONAL LIBRARY! INTERFAITH COMMUNITY RINGS BELLS; BUSINESSES OFFER CANDLELIGHT COFFEE, FOOD; MUSICIANS, ART SHOWINGS BY CANDLELIGHT

 

 

EARTH HOUR LEAD-UP EVENTS: 

 

‘AN EVENING WITH ‘GREEN’ ARCHITECT’, DANIEL KARLOV & ‘FREE’ SCREENING OF EXCELLENT, INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY: ‘DEEP GREEN’

7-9 PM, THURSDAY, MARCH 14, TATE HALL AUDITORIUM, MU CAMPUS

 

EDUCATIONAL ‘FORUM ON SUSTAINABILITY & CLIMATE JUSTICE’, WITH QUESTIONS TO THE MATORAL & CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES,8-9 PM, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, EVENT LOCATION TBA SOON!! (CHECK BACK!)

 

EARTH HOUR ‘KICK-OFF’ EVENT, HEAR MAYOR’S EARTH HOUR DAY & HOUR PROCLAMATION, TAKE GREEN TOUR OF LEED CERTIFIED CITY HALL, VISIT WITH ‘GREEN’ ARCHITECT & SEE NET-ZERO AFFORDABLE, DEMONSTRATION HOME PLANS/MODELS, THURSDAY, MARCH 21, CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS & LOBBY, 12 NOON -1 PM, BDWY & 8TH ST!

 

‘FREE CITY BUS’, ‘ALL DAY’, MARCH 21 (&23), FOR EARTH HOUR ‘KICK-OFF’ DAY!!

 

 

EARTH HOUR DAY & HOUR EVENTS:

 

JOIN ‘EARTH HOUR DAY’ SERVICE PROJECT LAUNCH: Neighborhood Energy, Food Security, Transportation, & Tree Planting LAUNCH OF ON-GOING ‘EARTH HOUR SERVICE PROJECT’!! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! E-Mail Us:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

WATCH LANDMARKS GO DARK *8:30 – 9:30 PM*

 

ENJOY FOOD, DRINK & COMPANIONS AT THE FOLLOWING EARLY, PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES SERVING BY CANDLELIGHT: BLEU, SYCAMORE, ADDISON’S AN AMERICAN GRILL, FLATBRANCH, SOPHIA’S, LAKOTA COFFEE & OTHERS**

 

ENJOY ACCOUSTIC, SIDEWALK MUSIC IN & NEAR PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES**

 

OBSERVE INTERNATIONAL EARTH HOUR, IN SOLIDARITY, ‘WHERE EVER YOU ARE’, SATURDAY, 3/23/2013, 8:30 – 9:30 PM!! ‘VOTE WITH YOUR SWITCH’, ‘CONNECT’, THINK ABOUT HOW WE EACH CAN HELP CREATE A SUSTAINABLE, HEALTHIER, CLEAN FUTURE FOR PRESENT & ALL GENERATIONS TO COME!!

 

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGE:

 

TAKE “GREEN” TRANSPORTATION: Walk, Bike, Carpool & Bus—Support Future Health & Sustainability! CITY BUSES ‘FREE’ ALL DAY ON ‘EARTH HOUR KICK-OFF DAY’ & ‘EARTH HOUR DAY & HOUR’, 3/21 & 3/23! 


 

Ideas to Participate at Home:

 

Observe Earth Hour 2013, Saturday, March 23, 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM where ever you are! Invite family, friends, and neighbors into backyards, enjoy the night sky! Discuss sustainability, how you’re “going green”, reducing your carbon footprint, saving money and how you plan to save even more! Enjoy a dinner by candlelight at home or at a local, participating restaurant, invite family and friends---discuss the issue, share information or read a book on the topic by flashlight, play cards or board games. Buy a solar or human-powered flashlight for the occasion---expand your safety equipment while boosting the economy. Make it fun and educational! Join others here, wherever you are, and around the world “switching-off” in symbolic solidarity, celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all share---our planet, Earth!!!

 

BROUGHT TO YOU BY: COLUMBIA CLIMATE CHANGE COALITION WITH CITY OF COLUMBIA, CPS, MU, OTHER SCHOOLS, LOCAL BUSINESSES, & COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

THANK YOU FOR ‘SWITCHING OFF’!!  HELP ‘SPREAD THE WORD’!!

 

TWITTER, TWEET, FACEBOOK, EMAIL, FORWARD WIDELY!!

 

FREE City Bus Rides All Day in honour of Earth Hour, 

Thursday, March 21st, our official ‘Kickoff’ day,

AND  

FREE City Bus Rides All Day on Earth Hour Day, 

Saturday, March 23rd!!

 

Earth Hour 2013 Kickoff at City Hall, Thursday, March 21st,

Noon to about 1 PM,

Downtown Columbia, Missouri, 8th & Broadway!!

Enjoy a ‘Green Tour’ of LEED Certified City Hall building, view net-zero affordable home models and Q&A with the architect! Take a FREE city bus ride, from the bus stop nearest you, and attend the 5th Annual International ‘Call to Act’ on Clean, Green Energy also thought of as International Earth Hour and the Earth Hour Kickoff at your LEED Certified City Hall ‘Green Building’, 8th & Broadway, downtown Columbia, Missouri, 12 Noon to about 1 PM, Thursday, March 21st! Hear Earth Hour ‘Event Updates’ and the Mayor’s Earth Hour Proclamation, urging participation and observance of Earth Hour, then take a ‘Green Tour’ of LEED City Hall, view model entries in a competition to design and build an energy efficient, affordable, ‘green’ home, then enjoy lunch downtown at our local eateries—many participating for 5 years, now, in candlelight dining for Earth Hour, always the 4th Saturday in March from 8:30-9:30 PM!

                         EARLY PARTICIPANTS IN COLUMBIA:

The City of Columbia                           Daniel Boone Regional Library                                         

University of Missouri                         Café Berlin

Columbia Public Schools                     Bleu            

MacXprts (in Cherry Hill)                   Sycamore Restaurant

Boone County National Bank              Addison's an American Grill                                                                                

Landmark Bank                                    Sophia's                                                

Commerce Bank                                   The Blue Note                                                 

Brian Pape, Architect                             MoJo’s                                                                          

Daniel W. Karlov, Architect

 

CHECK BACK RIGHT AWAY FOR MORE EXCITING

 

EVENTS & DETAILS FOR & LEADING UP TO EARTH

 

HOUR!!

Announcing Earth Hour 2011

 

MAYOR ISSUES EARTH HOUR PROCLAMATION FOR COLUMBIA

SOME LANDMARKS DARKEN
SOME FAITH COMMUNITY BELLS RING
5 Reasons to Observe Earth Hour

1) Save money, from utilities to transportation, to health care costs.

2) Create clean, renewable energy jobs and whole new industries and economies.

3) Reduce homeland and national security threats.

4) Create a cleaner environment and all it’s benefits.

5) Create a sustainable future for generations to come.

Observe Earth Hour 2011, 8:30PM to 9:30PM, Saturday, March 26th.

Start planning now! Invite neighbors over! Get together in your backyards to enjoy the night sky! Read and talk about the issue, about reducing your carbon footprint, how you’ve saved money and can save even more. Plan a dinner by candlelight at home or at participating restaurants, invite family and friends, write a ‘Letter to the Editor’ or person in a position ‘to make a difference’, play cards, board games, or read about the issue by flashlight. Answer the citywide, Alternative Transportation Challenge for the week of Earth Hour! Commemorate the event by adding to your efficiency and safety equipment: buy a solar or human-powered flashlight, battery or cell phone charger, etc, from a participating merchant! Make it fun and educational! Connect with friends and neighbors locally and around the world to make a difference, not just for one hour, but forever!

EARTH HOUR PROCLAMATION READING and 'GREEN TOUR' CITY HALL

Don’t forget to join us for the Earth Hour “Kickoff” Event Tuesday, March 22nd! There will be a ‘Green Building Tour’ of our new City Hall expansion at 9AM and a ‘Reading of the Proclamation’ along with an Earth Hour Week Alternative Transportation Challenge at 10AM in the Council Chambers immediately following the ‘Green Building Tour’ to meet in the lobby.
SOME PICTURES FROM THAT EVENT
(click to enlarge)
CCCC table Buffaloe CBY Monta kickoff 
Hoppe dec
Link to 2011 Earth Hour Declaration

COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS SPECIAL EARTH HOUR COMMEMORATIVE EVENT

Columbia Public Schools, collaborating with filmmakers Paula Elias and Ken Leija, Daniel Boone Regional Library and Columbia Climate Change Coalition, is hosting an Earth Hour commemorative screening of the documentary, The Eco Schoolhouse, at Daniel Boone Regional Library Wednesday, March 23rd, 4 PM with an actual tour of the Eco Schoolhouse immediately following as participants take the short walk over to tour the Schoolhouse at Grant Elementary, welcomed by Grant's Principal Beverly Borduin.

STARGAZE at MU OBSERVATORY

Stargaze for Earth Hour at Laws Observatory’s “Green Laser Sky Tour” Saturday, March 26th, starting at 8:30PM. Coffee, Cake, and Candlelight will be by Starbuck’s, 2505 E. Broadway, Hy-Vee on Nifong, and the Central Missouri Astronomical Association. The observatory is located in the Physics building on the MU Campus near the Life Sciences building at Rollins and College.

Enjoy dinner by candlelight at any of these participating restaurants: Flatbranch Pub and Brewery, Sycamore, Bleu, Addison's an American Grill, Uprise Bakery or Sophia's.

RAGTAG cinema (10 S. Hitt) will have free, human powered cell phone charging during Earth Hour. Stop on by!!Join artists at Orr Street Studios in celebrating Earth Hour by "Painting Under Candlelight"! Bring your candles and painting supplies. Enjoy a glass of wine with us, Saturday, March 26th, from 8:30 to 9:30.Thank participating businesses/entities for their efforts toward greater sustainability and helping you observe Earth Hour!
AS AN EARTH HOUR FOLLOW-UP:

BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FOOD SUPPLY

The FOOD REVOLUTION – Missouri’s Food Supply & Public Health

Healthy Food, Healthy People, Healthy Lands

Columbia Climate Change Coalition will table at the event sponsored by The Raw Food Feasters – Columbia, Mo

for info: 573 875 8787 or 703 577 7716

Delicious, healthy refreshments served at 6:30 pm (after the talk). Please join us! Sunday, April 3rd, 3 pm, at the Columbia Public Library

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LOCAL COVERAGE FOR THE EVENT

Columbia Tribune
Columbia Missourian

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OUR PARTICIPANTS FOR EARTH HOUR 2011

CITY OF COLUMBIA CITY OF COLUMBIA UTILITIES
BOONE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE                 UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI                  
COLUMBIA COLLEGE COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
STEPHENS COLLEGE BOONE COUNTY NATIONAL BANK
COMMERCE BANK LANDMARK BANK
THE BLUE NOTE RAGTAG THEATER
GREENWAY MASSAGE TEAM                MASSAGE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI                
SYCAMORE THE TIGER HOTEL
VAULT'S MAIN SQUEEZE
CLOVER'S NATURAL FOODS                  CAFÉ BERLIN                
FLAT BRANCH PUB AND BREWERY ADDISON'S AN AMERICAN GRILL
SOPHIA'S BLEU
UPRISE BAKERY BRIAN PAPE HISTORIC PRESERVATIONIST & GREEN ARCHITECT
PECKHAM AND WRIGHT ARCHITECTS MACXPERTS
THEATRE NXS/BERLIN THEATRE MOJO'S
 BROADWAY BREWERY THE ROOT CELLAR
AXIOM ORR STREET STUDIOS
STARBUCKS AT 2505 EAST BROADWAY MAKES SCENTS
THE CANDY FACTORY GRACE A PLACE OF RESTORATION
DANJO FARMS COLUMBIA/BOONE COUNTY ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT COMMISSION
CENTRAL MISSOURI ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION PED NET
DANIEL BOONE REGIONAL LIBRARY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS              
COLUMBIA CLIMATE CHANGE COALITION                 INTERFAITH CARE FOR CREATION
9th St. VIDEO

 

FAITH COMMUNITY BELL RINGING

OUR LADY OF LOURDES CATHOLIC PARISH MISSOURI UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH SHANTI MANDIR HINDU TEMPLE
CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH

 

LANDMARKS DARKENING

CITY OF COLUMBIA CITY HALL UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI JESSE HALL
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI COLUMNS               DANIEL BOONE REGIONAL LIBRARY                
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LAST YEAR'S EARTH HOUR

Mayor Hindman declares Earth Hour

Representatives from City of Columbia, University of Missouri, Columbia Public Schools,

League of Women Voters, PedNet, and the Columbia Climate Change Coalition attended the declaration.

Read Full Proclamation here.

Tribune coverage of proclamation Missourian coverage of proclamation

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Earth Hour downtown, Columbia, Missouri, 2010

Before Earth Hour

Jesse Hall as we usually know it The new City Hall  Addison's patrons eat by electric lightA deep Bleu night.

During Earth Hour!

Jesse Hall goes dark for Earth Hour. The new City Hall observes Earth Hour. Addison's patrons eat by candlelight.Bleu goes black for Earth Hour.
Many thanks to everyone who participated!!

Columbia Water and Light reported a 1.58 megawatt-hour drop in usage for the hour (better than last year). This is the average amount of electricity that 1480 homes would use for that hour, and it avoided the emissions of as much CO2 as taking 240 cars off the road for a day. Thanks everyone!!

Some of our supporters.

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EARTH HOUR INVITATION

Columbians are being urged by Mayoral Proclamation to observe Earth Hour! Saturday, March 27th, 2010, 8:30PM-9:30PM, Columbians and area citizens will turn off lights and non-essential electricity in homes and buildings to take part in a symbolic “wave of darkness” encircling the globe, in solidarity with world citizens, to pledge their support for a sustainable future on planet Earth.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change. A year later Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating, including Columbians! Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome's Colosseum, stood in darkness, as symbols of hope and solidarity for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In 2009, millions, in over 4000 cities in 88 countries, “switched-off” pledging support to reduce the effect of global climate change. Join with your fellow Columbians for Earth Hour 2010, brought to you by the Columbia Climate Change Coalition, with participation from Mayor Darwin Hindman, the Columbia City Council, the City of Columbia, and other community organizations, businesses, and schools. Join citizens around the world in saving money; reducing our environmental impact; creating “green” jobs and whole new industries and economies; improving our national and homeland security; reducing healthcare costs by improving our health through a cleaner environment; educating about sustainability and the impacts of global climate change; and having fun with family, friends and neighbors all at the same time!

Start planning now to observe Earth Hour 2010, Saturday, March 27th, 8:30PM-9:30PM. Invite family, friends, and neighbors into backyards, enjoy the night sky! Discuss sustainability, how you're “going green”, reducing your carbon footprint, saving money and how you plan to save even more! Plan a dinner by candle light, invite family and friends---play cards, board games, read a book by flashlight. Buy a solar or human- powered flashlight for the occasion---expand your safety equipment while boosting the economy. Make it fun and educational! Join others here, wherever you are, and around the world “switching-off” in symbolic solidarity, celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all share---our planet, Earth!!!

Help make international Earth Hour 2010 the biggest yet!!

Register participation by reply to this invitation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (573) 443-4717 or (573) 777-2216

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
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MyMissourian coverage of the event

More Than 5 Reasons to Observe Earth Hour

Earth Hour has become a global sustainability movement in 3 years. Last year, more than 4,000 major cities in 88 countries “switched-off” non-essential electricity to call for our leaders to move strongly towards a renewable, more sustainable energy future for all countries on the planet.

If you can agree with any one or more of these reasons why sustainability would be a good idea, then you should try to participate in Earth Hour and send a message to everyone that you support creating a sustainable future.

1) Save money, from utilities to transportation, to health care costs.

2) Create clean, renewable energy jobs and whole new industries and economies.

3) Reduce homeland and national security threats.

4) Create a cleaner environment and all it’s benefits.

5) Create a sustainable future for generations to come.

Columbia’s Mayor, Darwin Hindman, with the vote of the City Council, just issued a Proclamation for Earth Hour Day and Hour, Saturday, March 27th, 8:30 pm-9:30pm, urging participation, discussing the issue, turning off non-essential electricity and “voting with your switch”! Read his Proclamation, find out about Earth Hour, ways to participate, what’s going on in Columbia, and more ideas to “go green” at www.ColumbiaClimateChangeCoalition.org

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PARTICIPATING ICONIC LANDMARKS

Columbia City Hall The Tiger Hotel
University of Missouri:                 Jesse Hall                  
The Columns
Stankowski Field
Daniel Boone Regional Library

 

ICONIC LANDMARK BELL RINGING

Calvary Episcopal Church Our Lady of Lourdes
Missouri United Methodist Church                Hindu Temple                  
First Christian Church

OUR BUSINESS SUPPORTERS

City of Columbia Boone Electric Cooperative
Columbia Public Schools                Columbia College                 
University of Missouri Stephens College
Boone County National Bank Landmark Bank
Commerce Bank Daniel Boone Regional Library
Greenway Massage TEAM Massage Therapy Institute of MO
MacXperts Peckham and Wright Architects
The Tiger Hotel  Main Squeeze
Bleu Flatbranch Pub and Brewery
Zault's Addison's an American Grill
Sycamore Sophia's
Starbucks, 2502 E. Broadway

SUPPORTING CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS

Interfaith Care for Creation League of Women Voters
Central Missouri Astronomical Association                Ped Net                 
Here's a little history of the event.
US Earth Hour website