Earth Hour Detroit 2009

Participants are asked to turn off their lights from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Saturday, March 28, for the largest climate event in history.

Detroit, MI, March 28, 2009 --( Chris Ramos, president and founder of The Night Move, LLC (, has taken the initiative to bring Earth Hour 2009 (, a global climate event led by the World Wildlife Fund, to Detroit. Backed by Detroit Mayor Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr., the city will join the more than 240 others around the world that have already committed to go dark for one hour on March 28, 2009, at 8:30 p.m. The list of participating cities in the US includes Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami and Nashville, with more signing up every day, as tens of millions of people unite in a call for global action on climate change, in what will be the largest climate event in history.

Earth Hour Detroit
Mayor Cockrel stated, "The City of Detroit will turn out the lights on March 28 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to participate in Earth Hour 2009 and draw attention to what can be done to conserve energy, become more environmentally aware, and find additional ways to save money in an extremely challenging economy."

Earth Hour isn’t about how much energy is saved during one hour. The idea behind Earth Hour is that by working together, every individual has the ability to make a difference on the issue of climate change. Earth Hour engages millions of people to take action which is a significant achievement in itself, and it furthers the global conversation on climate change with the aim of affecting future legislation.

"World Wildlife Fund is pleased that Detroit is taking part in Earth Hour 2009. As lights go out in cities around the U.S. and the world on March 28, Earth Hour will provide world leaders with an unmistakable mandate to take action," said WWF President and CEO Carter Roberts. "The climate crisis threatens the ability of our planet to support its inhabitants. We want the world to know that Americans care about saving the planet and stand united in seeking to find solutions to climate change."

How to Participate in Earth Hour
Participating in Earth Hour is easy. Supporters are asked to sign up at, spread the word about it and then turn off all of their non-essential lighting on March 28 at 8:30 p.m.

The decision on which lights to turn off can be made individually, but usually consists of overhead lights in rooms and outdoor lighting that does not impact safety. Signing up is only an indication of agreement that strong action needs to be taken to find a solution to the climate crisis.

Earth Hour Celebration
The principle behind Earth Hour is to unite people, companies and governments around the world through the symbolic flip of a switch. Earth Hour in itself will not lower our carbon footprint, rather it sends a signal to those in a power that we as communities demand action.

The Night Move is planning an Earth Hour event that will band together supporters from metro Detroit. The event will be held at the Emory in Ferndale, with $1 off all drinks during the hour. The Emory owners have agreed to turn out the lights in support.

The Night Move
Jennifer Harlan