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Darkness Descends and the Fun Begins
CHESTERTOWN, MD— On Friday, March 27, Washington College will host a party for Earth Hour, the international celebration of the environment that centers on an hour of darkness to encourage the preservation of energy resources. This Chestertown Earth Hour is being held a day earlier than the global event in order to not conflict with the College’s Relay for Life event that will be held on Saturday, March 28 to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
The Friday Earth Hour event will run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the campus green facing Washington Avenue. It is free and open to the public, and the community is encouraged to join in the fun. Family-friendly and “unplugged” activities will include Mason-jar glow stick crafts, cupcake decorating, glow-in-the-dark corn hole, and plenty of food and music. All attendees will receive free LED flashlights. At 8:30 p.m., the symbolic hour of darkness will begin and all electricity at the event will be turned off, including exterior lighting on the the lawn.
The Earth Hour celebration began in Australia in 2007 and has grown to encompass a global event and a nonprofit organization for planet protection. Communities across the world participate as a symbol of the shared duty to preserve the Earth and its resources. The Chestertown Earth Hour is part of a larger program of Earth Stewardship Days being hosted by the College’s Center for Environment & Society and the Student Environmental Alliance.