Colorado Springs to Turn Lights Out Atop Pikes Peak for Earth Hour

Colorado Springs residents may be alarmed this Saturday evening by an absence of light on the top of Pikes Peak. That's because the Colorado Springs Utilities board will turn out the lights at the top of the fourteener for the third year in a row in recognition of Earth Hour, which occurs between 8:30 and 9:30 PM. The observance of Earth Hour was started in 2004 by the World Wildlife Fund in Australia. Originally called The Big Flick, the initiative was designed to challenge Australians to become more aware of energy conservation. The name was changed in 2006 and the observance became an international event two years later. Earth Hour takes place on the last Saturday in March, and serves as a kick-off to Earth Month, which is observed in April.

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