For one hour tonight communities, companies, and concerned citizens will go dark. From 8 pm to 9 pm local time those participating will shut off all lights and non-essential electrical devices. The goal is to raise awareness about electricity conservation and lower carbon emissions.
The first Earth Hour was held last year in Sydney, Australia. with 2.2 million people reportedly taking part. This year the event is international with communities in most developed nations taking part. Locally, Manheim Lakeland will turn off non-essential lights around its auction facilities. Those working with Lakeland Local have also promised to shut down lights and other electrical devices (save the refrigerator) for the hour tonight.
Google has made their home page black today to take part in the event. Lakeland Local will also go dark tonight during the hour. Turning the pages black actually saves no energy, but doing so shows support of those who are killing lights, tvs, and other devices to make a difference.