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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

If the lights go off suddenly on Saturday night, don’t fret. Perhaps you’ve seen the clever ads on the bus stands or the logos in other places around the city promoting Earth Hour.

On March 29, from 8 to 9 p.m., the World Wildlife Fund is asking Chicago citizens, businesses and landmarks to switch off the lights in order to make a dramatic, symbolic statement.

It’s all part of WWF’s global campaign to show that everyday people and corporate citizens working together can make a difference in the fight against global climate change.

Many of Chicago’s most recognizable landmark buildings will be participating, including the Sears Tower, the John Hancock Center and Navy Pier. In all, we’re talking about more than 500 businesses in the area that have signed up to switch off.

Some restaurants are also getting into the act, like the Weather Mark Tavern, who’s offering an Earth Hour special that includes dinner served with a champagne toast at 8 p.m. when the kitchen will shut for the hour.

The InnBar at 162 E. Ohio Street will be hosting a “Lights-out” event featuring an “Eco-tini,” a specialty martini made with organic vodka and juices (pictured, left). They’re also offering organic beer and acoustic entertainment by candle-light in the redesigned lobby bar.

Click on the player below to hear a podcast interview I did this week with WWF spokeswoman Leslie Aun, who explains what Earth Hour is all about.


For more information about Earth Hour, log on to EarthHourUs.org visit the City of Chicago’s Earth Hour Web site, the NBC5 Going Green Page and click here for suburban Chicago events.

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