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During last year’s Earth Hour, people from a record-breaking 178 countries turned off their lights in support of climate action. We hope this year on March 25th at 8:30 PM you will join a global movement by turning off UC Irvine’s non-essential lights to help bring awareness of climate change and the need for strong global action. There’s never been a more critical moment for the world to show solidarity for and a strong commitment to climate action. By going dark, local government, cities, companies, landmarks, and individuals send the message that we will remain steadfast as we deliver on the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Momentum is on our side. The world is looking toward a renewable future. This Earth Hour, turn up the dark and get loud about climate action. Let the world know you’re all in.

Earth Hour 2017 comes at a critical moment. Science tells us the decisions we make in the next few years will largely shape our collective future and our ability to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. All of us have a role to play. Earth Hour relies on universities such as yours to provide a clear message of commitment and bring awareness to this global issue.

Help make 2017 a milestone year and serve as a powerful symbol in the movement. Turn off all non-essential lights on March 25th from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm in your classrooms, student unions, and other campus buildings. Encourage local businesses, residents, and landmarks to take part as well.

If you have any questions about Earth Hour or about ways to be involved, please email emily.priborkin-intern@wwfus.org. To learn more about Earth Hour visithttps://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/earth-hour.