Earth Hour comes to Blount County

An international effort to fight climate change is coming to Blount County.

Earth Hour, organized by the World Wildlife Fund began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when more than 2,000 businesses and 2.2 million individuals turned out their lights for only one hour to take a stand against climate change.

The event went global in 2008 with more than 50 million people and 35 countries participating. Participants included Rome’s Coliseum and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Last year’s Earth Hour was the biggest one yet, with 128 participating countries and territories.

Earth Hour 2011 will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 26. Local participants include Maryville College Anderson Tower, Blount County Courthouse clock tower, and the City of Alcoa’s new pedestrian bridge.

“Thank you to all our local participants for being such a great eco-leaders in our community,” said Charlene DeSha, executive director of Keep Blount Beautiful.

To participate, DeSha said residents should turn out their lights for one hour this Saturday from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. “You and your family can light candles while playing games or catching up by the campfire,” she said.

“If you participate, let Keep Blount Beautiful know how you spent your hour. Update us via email ( or on the Keep Blount Beautiful Facebook page,” DeSha said.

For more information, contact Keep Blount Beautiful at 865-681-4809 or visit for more information.

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