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Guam marks Earth Hour on Saturday

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THIS Saturday, homes and businesses are encouraged to do their share for the environment by participating in Earth Hour. The campaign, which has received global recognition and support, will kick off the islandwide activities for Earth Month 2012.

During Earth Hour, every single time zone will turn off their lights or any device that uses electricity for at least an hour. The Guam Environmental Protection Agency announced the island will observe Earth Hour from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

According to Tammy Jo Anderson Taft, GEPA spokesperson, the 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. block is one of the highest usage times, in terms of using power.

“We really want to make people understand that using power, using electricity is not just trivial; it takes natural resources to create that, so that’s why we are doing Earth Hour,” Taft explained.

The World Wildlife Fund started campaigning for Earth Hour in 2007. After a successful run in Sydney, where at least 2.2 million individuals and businesses turned off their lights, the campaign spread to other countries until Earth Hour became a global movement.

For its fifth year, Earth Hour will highlight some of the world’s most famous landmarks as the world switches off its lights. 

Visit the Earth Hour website to learn more about their global call to action. Better yet, turn off the lights on Saturday and join other Earth Hour observers around the world.

Westin

Westin Resort Guam is reaffirming its commitment to Earth Hour by going dark at 8:30 p.m. this Saturday.

Westin Resort Guam and other Starwood Hotels and Resorts around the world have participated in the Earth Hour global campaign for the last four years.

According to Mitsue Nakamura, media contact for the hotel, Westin Resort will shut off their exterior signage and non-essential interior lighting as well as illuminate their bar, restaurant, and select public areas with candle light. 

Letters will be sent out before the event to encourage participation from hotel guests. Information about the importance of Earth Hour will be streamed through television and posted in the lobby. Westin Resort hopes to reduce their carbon footprint by at least 15 kg with their participation in Earth Hour.

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