Misericordia student group asks area residents to turn off lights

First Posted: 3/25/2012

Misericordia University’s environmentally-focused student group Cougars for Change is asking everyone in the community to turn off their lights for just one hour beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 as part of a world-wide initiative to draw attention to responsible energy use and global warming.

The event Earth Hour 2012 is expected to have more than a billion participants world wide turn off all non-essential lights for the hour, at a time chosen to coincide with the Spring Equinox and when the most places on the globe are suitably dark.

Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 as a singular event with 2.2 million participants. The 2011 event involved an estimated 1.8 billion people in 135 countries worldwide. Places that went dark included the Golden Gate Bridge, Buckingham Palace and the Sydney Opera House.

The Misericordia event is being co-chaired by Cougars for Change members Auraleah Grega, a secondary education/English major from Wapwallopen, and Jenny Perucca, a speech-language pathology major from Massapequa, student knowledge about their own actions and effects on our environment.”

The Cougars group is working with the campus facilities to have all non-essential lights turned off on the campus, including a countdown, New Year’s Eve style, to when the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library, seen through its glass walls, goes entirely dark at 8:30 p.m.

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