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Mission Statement

Our mission is to engage United States citizens and residents in taking direct action to conserve energy and fight global warming. To catalyze action and raise awareness about ways to lower energy consumption, we will host a nationwide event on March 29, 2008 inviting US residents, government offices and businesses to turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour from 8-9 p.m. To amplify the impact of the event and promote long-lasting energy saving, we ask that each household install one compact fluorescent light bulbs.


Lights Out America is a grassroots organization based in San Francisco. We are planning a citywide energy conservation event on March 29, 2008. On this night, we invite the entire city of San Francisco to turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour, from 8-9pm. Our nation's growing appetite for energy must be controlled to protect our planet from the effects of the climate crisis. We estimate that turning lights out in cities across the country for even one hour could save as much as 15 percent of the energy consumed on an average Saturday night. This savings will reduce carbon emissions into our air, preserve the natural resources used to produce this energy, set a positive precedent, and result in ongoing reduced costs for the city, taxpayers, and businesses. Then we'll publish the energy-saving results on this website. We were inspired by a similar event recently held in Sydney, Australia, called Earth Hour. In Sydney, 2.2 million people participated. Their one hour of lights out meant that 24.86 tons of carbon dioxide were not released into the air - the equivalent of taking 48,613 cars off the road for one hour. Of course, we'd hope for the same or better here.



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