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WMU marks Earth Hour with game of capture the flag

March 23, 2011

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KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will celebrate Earth Hour this Saturday, March 26, with an evening game of capture the flag.

Players will meet under the Stewart Clock Tower near Waldo Library at 8 p.m. to divide into teams and discuss rules and boundaries. When Earth Hour begins at 8:30 p.m., it's game on. WMU's Office for Sustainability is hosting the event, which is open to the public free of charge. Participants are urged to switch off all lights and unplug electronics before leaving home. Additionally, every person who arrives by bike, bus or on foot will earn an extra point for their team.

Members of the campus community are urged to join the global movement. Reduce environmental impact and support a more sustainable lifestyle by turning off lights, unplugging appliances and enjoying an evening outside.

Earth Hour is a global grass-roots movement organized by the World Wildlife Foundation. It encourages individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take positive actions for the environment and celebrate their commitment to the planet by switching off their lights for one designated hour. Earth Hour 2011 will take place March 26 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., at participants' respective local time.

Earth Hour began in 2007 when Sydney first turned off all city lights for one hour as a way of taking a stand against climate change. Within three years, Earth Hour made history by becoming the largest voluntary movement in 2010 with 128 countries and territories coming together to support the growing initiative. More than 1,000 of the world's man-made marvels and natural wonders, including the Egyptian pyramids, Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building and Sydney Opera House, all stood in darkness.

Learn more about Earth Hour at earthhour.org.

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Media contact: Tonya Durlach, (269) 387-8400, tonya.durlach@wmich.edu

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