Portland's City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday, March 18 on a resolution
(PDF) that would "encourage all city employees to turn off all non-essential lighting in city government buildings and public landmarks" between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm on March 28.
No, it's not because the economy sucks.
It's because of something called “Earth Hour Day
” — a campaign by the World Wildlife Fund that asks people to turn off their non-essential lights for the one hour on March 28 to raise awareness about climate change.
More than 1,500 cities and towns in 80 countries have committed to turn off their lights. And with all five Portland City Council members sponsoring this resolution, no need to bother wasting energy to flip on your TV to watch them adding our city to the list.
Think of it as The Hour The Earth Stood Still: