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Will you turn off for Earth Hour 2012?

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Before we head into the Earth Month of April, March 31 marks the sixth annual Earth Hour. This year, a record number of countries — 147 — will participate with hundreds of landmarks going dark for one hour starting 8:30 p.m. local time to raise awareness for environmental and sustainability issues. 

Starting in 2007 as a one-city initiative in Sydney, Australia, Earth Hour has quickly expanded to become the world’s largest voluntary action for the environment. This year, model and Victoria’s Secret Angel Miranda Kerr is Earth Hour’s global ambassador, alongside an impressive list of supporters that includes Hilton hotels, the National Hockey League, Girl Scouts of America, Al Gore and Universal Pictures with our buddy, the Lorax. He’ll be turning his moustache green to mark the occasion. Really.  

“Each and every one us play an important role in making a difference to the world we live in,” said Earth Hour co-founder and Executive Director, Andy Ridley in a press release. “As the lights go off around the globe tomorrow, celebrate your commitment to the planet and inspire those around you to take action.”

Global landmarks going dark during Earth Hour this year include the Eiffel Tower, the Vegas Strip, Tower of Pisa, Times Square and Buckingham Palace.

Closer to home, the event will be recognized by the Portfolio Coffeehouse in Long Beach, which according to EcoBuzz L.A., will operate by candlelight for the duration of Earth Hour.

If you know of any other local businesses or establishments going dark for Earth Hour 2012, please let us know in the Comments section.