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Lights go off on Las Vegas Strip for Earth Hour

Officials from World Wildlife Fund will join Clark County, Nevada Commissioner Larry Brown, City of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, Las Vegas showgirls and the World Wildlife panda will convene at the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign to officially kick off the Las Vegas Valley’s participation in Earth Hour—a global event calling for action on climate change – on Tues., March 9 at 11 a.m. 

Named a prime showcase city for Earth Hour 2010, Las Vegas will stand in solidarity with cities throughout the world to raise awareness about climate change by getting people to do something quite simple—turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. PST. 

At the press conference in front of the sign, County and City leaders will put the call out to businesses and residents throughout the Valley to join the Strip and off-Strip properties, organizations and government agencies who have agreed to participate in this exciting project.               

Parking is available at The Little Church of the West – 4617 Las Vegas Boulevard South. Beginning at 10:15 a.m., a shuttle will transport attendees to and from the site. Television news trucks will have access to bus/taxi zones on site.

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A Little Less Juiced Sin City

Although reportedly ‘safe and sane’ energy juice drinks are now alternatively swigged in copious amounts nightly by Paris Hilton and her clan to keep them up all night and partying hearty, it’s nice to know that less juice of yet a different type can also be a good thing in the City of Entertainment.  

Although many states reported little or no change in energy use during Earth Hour, officials at NV Energy report that earth-hourenergy consumption during the March 28 one-hour event [click on prior Las Vegas Backstage Access articles: 1  2] in the Las Vegas Valley dropped roughly 3 percent below a typical Saturday night. 

Although virtually every Las Vegas hotel-casino on the Strip powered down their exterior lights for an hour during that evening, it’s really difficult to accurately determine how much of that power drop might have come from conservation-minded residents turning down or off their lights as the company doesn’t differentiate between power use along the resort corridor and residential consumption. 

But saving energy really wasn’t the goal of Earth Hour.  Rather, the idea was a call for world action for climate change, letting policymakers know the people mean business on the issue. 

Las Vegas means business on climate change initiatives and saving energy costs.

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Las Vegas ‘Turns Off’ for Earth Hour

To the uninformed, looking out their window in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. may appear like a prelude to Armageddon or perhaps Apocalypse Las Vegas- dark and sinister, with none of the normal blinding neon to excite the senses. earthhour2

In reality this is not the end of days, merely Las Vegas’ non-hedonistic (say what?) participation in Earth Hour, a global attempt by the World Wildlife Fund to focus worldwide attention on the growing problem of climate change.  

So far, more than 2,200 cities and towns in 81 countries have agreed to go dark in this environmental activism movement. 

And this year, Earth Hour has particular importance to America:  Not only do we have a new president who appears to take climate change seriously, but the U.S. has a chance to redeem itself after former President Bush ceremoniously dissed Mother Earth when he refused to sing the Kyoto global warming agreement in 2005. 

In Las Vegas, hotel marquees on and off the Strip and signs (including the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign), Fremont Street Experience, and all businesses and residents are being encouraged throughout the Las Vegas Valley to participate and take a bold stand on climate change using their light switch as a ballot,  casting a vote for environmental action in the first global election on climate change- giving Las Vegas a chance to expand our definition of green beyond greenbacks, green felt and Green Valley. 

Las Vegas is one of 10 Earth Hour flagship cities.  The effort on the Strip is led by Harrah’s, but even MGM Mirage also has agreed to shut off its lights.  (Just so no one is misled, it’s just the marquees that will go dark, not the lights in the casinos.) 

Here are some Las Vegas locations to capture the experience: 

Earth Hour Las Vegas Official Media Center

The VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, offers a stunning view and vantage point of the Las Vegas Strip. VooDoo Lounge will give complimentary admission to all guests until 9 p.m. for those wishing to participate in Earth Hour.

 “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign

Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid, Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Susan Brager, and World Wildlife Fund’s Nick Sundt are scheduled to “turn off” the sign at 8:30 p.m. using a six foot tall light switch. 

Fremont Street Experience

Lights will go out on the Viva Vision canopy and hotel casino marquees at 8:30 p.m., proceeded by an Earth Hour video presentation and countdown. Glow necklaces will be given to first 5,000 guests. 

A list of Las Vegas participants to-date, and additional events and activities can be found at www.earthhourlv.org.

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Neon Planned Outage on Las Vegas Strip

It’s a very rare occurrence when Las Vegas Strip neon marquees intentionally go dark.  The odds are better for hittingearthhour a Megabucks jackpot.  But on a usually bustling Saturday night, March 28, at 8:30 p.m. local time, running for one hour, Las Vegas casinos, businesses, and residents are being asked and urged to turn off their lights and join 240 cities in 70 countries in support of a global call for action on climate change. 

The event marks one of the few times Strip lights have been darkened for specific occasions, such as the deaths of presidents and entertainers.   The last time was for the funeral of iconic entertainer and Las Vegas resident Robert Goulet on November 9, 2007. 

The World Wildlife Fund is asking all businesses, government agencies, and individuals to dim or turn off lights for their Earth Hour event.   Las Vegas has been designated as a flagship city.  Earth Hour will begin in Fiji, in the Southwest Pacific, and will move across our planet, culminating on the West Coast of the United States.

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