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UN Secretary General releases message for Earth Hour 2011

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Ban ki-Moon - UN Boss

Hundreds of millions of people around the world would observe Earth Hour today Saturday, March 26.

By switching off their lights for 60 minutes at 8.30 p.m. local time, each of these men, women and children would send a powerful message that they want to change what’s happening to the world.

A statement issued in Accra on Friday by UN Information Centre quoting UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said “As in previous years, UN communities around the world will take part.  Here in New York, all our buildings will go dark – including our main headquarters which is currently closed for renovation.”

“It is more than half a century since our striking monument to world peace and cooperation rose on the East River.  This New York landmark is now receiving a much-needed overhaul. When completed, the new LEED-certified UN Headquarters will use less energy and water, and create less waste.  It will be an example of modern sustainable architecture at its best, “he added.

All over the world individuals, communities, businesses and governments are creating new examples for the common future – new visions for sustainable living and new technologies to realize it.

“Tomorrow, let us join together to celebrate this shared quest to protect the planet and ensure human well-being.  Let us use 60 minutes of darkness to help the world see the light,” he said a day before.

Source: GNA

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