Carmel Community Participates in Earth Hour 2010

On Earth Hour, March 27, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. local time, hundreds of millions of people in 4,000 cities across 125 countries came together by doing something quite simple— turning off non-essential lights and electrical equipment for one hour.  In what was the largest public demonstration in history, the event symbolizes that by working together, each of us can make a positive impact in addressing climate change, protecting our future and that of future generations.  View videos from around the world.

Lights Out at Carmel City Hall - Carmel City Hall dimmed its lights and joined such global icons as the Eiffel Tower, Sydney's Opera House, the Great Pyramids of Gaza and New York's Empire State Building. - View Youtube.

Thanks to Mayor Jim Brainard and Carmel Clay Schools for participating in Earth Hour 2010 to emphasize the importance of conserving our energy resources and saving tax dollars.  Schools made a special effort to have lights and computer labs off for the weekend.  We’re also grateful to all the Carmel families who joined with families in over 100 countries to teach kids about the importance of conservation and how together we can create a cleaner, safer and more secure future.  Special thanks to Alexia Donahue-Wold, Chad Landrum, Judy Stamper and Bob Yull for their help and coordination.

In the United States, Earth Hour was observed in all 50 states. Governors and State Legislators from 33 states, more than five times the number last year, officially endorsed Earth Hour and turned off lights at their residences and/or state capitol builidings.  Those states include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  Inspite of his support for energy conservation, energy efficiency and green technology, Governor Daniels did not participate because he does not accept climate change science.

Earth Hour is just one step in an ongoing conversation and continual effort toward a more sustainable world. After participating in Earth Hour, WWF hopes that individuals, businesses, cities and states continue the dialogue, creating solutions that solve the climate crisis and lead to a healthier, more secure future.

Sign-up for Earth Hour - click here

View City of Carmel Proclamation 

City of Carmel to Participate in Earth Hour this Saturday

March 26, 2010 - The City of Carmel is encouraging residents and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights, computers, cars and other electronic items as part of the worldwide Earth Hour event taking place on this Saturday, March 27, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Earth Hour is meant to make a global statement of concern about environmental sustainability and demonstrate commitment to reducing our impact on the environment. 2010 marks the third year of the event, which attracted more than 80 million participants in the U.S. last year, and nearly a billion people around the world, as lights dimmed on such global icons as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sydney’s Opera House, the Great Pyramids of Gaza and New York’s Empire State Building.  The City of Carmel has signed up on the Earth Hour Web site,, in support of this event.

"The City is pleased to support Earth Hour this year to emphasize the importance of conserving our energy resources. This is a symbolic event in which every single person can participate. Our city prides itself on being environmentally friendly, and this is one more way we can encourage our residents and businesses to care for our planet," said Mayor Jim Brainard.

For more information on Earth Hour, or to sign up as an individual for the event, visit For more information on the City of Carmel's environmental initiatives, visit the city's Web site at