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Minneapolis goes 'lights out' Saturday for Earth Hour

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As part of a worldwide event Saturday involving 2,712 cities, towns and municipalities in 83 countries, Minneapolis will dim many of the city's most notable lights to make a statement about climate change.

From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., the city of Minneapolis says they will be turning off "all uses of electricity in municipal buildings that are not required for life, safety or operations. The decorative lighting on the underside of the Stone Arch Bridge will also be turned off for the night, as will the City Hall's clock tower neon lights."

The international event will see major cities darkened around the globe to make a statement about climate change. Individuals are also encouraged to participate at home. Minneapolis cites statistics from the state that say electricity accounts for 35 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota.

Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Here is the site's video about the event's evolution:

 

The city is keeping a running list of buildings and businesses that will be participating Saturday. There is also a Facebook group.

Here is the list so far:

35W Bridge

5th St. Towers

50 South Sixth

701 Building

Accenture Tower

Campbell Mithun Tower

City of Minneapolis City Hall

Common Roots Cafe

Core Yoga

Hennepin County Library Central

Hennepin County Government Center Plaza

Hennepin County Century Plaza

Hennepin County Environmental Services Building

Hennepin County Family Justice Center

Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Center

IDS Center

LaSalle Plaza

Retek on the Mall

Red Stag Supper Club

Stone Arch Bridge

Target Corporate Offices

US Bancorp Center

US Bank Plaza

Wells Fargo Center

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Center

Xcel Energy - Nicollet Mall

Have you heard of other businesses playing along? Will you be sitting in the dark for an hour on Saturday? Sounds like a rockin' good time.