Baltimore mayor urges lights off for Earth Hour

Several iconic city buildings will go dark for part of Saturday night — but not because of an electricity shortage.

Rather, they will be marking Earth Hour, when companies and citizens around the world turn off their lights for one hour to show support for environmental action.

In a mayoral proclamation, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Friday urged Baltimore residents, businesses and government agencies to mark the occasion by turning off all unnecessary lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Joining the Empire State Building in New York City and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, several stars of Baltimore's skyline — including the National Aquarium, World Trade Center, and Legg Mason Tower — will go dark for that hour, as will City Hall and the fire department headquarters.

This year will mark the third time Baltimore has participated in Earth Hour by mayoral proclamation.

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