To the Wake Forest community,
On Saturday, March 27, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Wake Forest will participate in Earth Hour 2010. Begun in 2007, the worldwide observance is designed to raise awareness about global climate change.
Last year’s event was the largest mass action movement regarding climate change, with 90 countries and dozens of landmarks around the world voluntarily extinguishing lights for one hour. This year more than 120 countries are slated to take part, with an estimated one billion people participating from around the globe.
While the event is symbolic, it also serves as a reminder to us all about sustainability and the efforts each of us can take to promote healthy and responsible use of earth’s resources. At Wake Forest, I have authorized the extinguishing of the spotlights on Wait Chapel for the hour of the observance on Saturday evening. I urge all students, faculty and staff to use this opportunity to turn off all non-essential lighting in offices and residence halls as well.
The Student Environmental Action Coalition, along with Residence Life and Housing, has planned an event on Hearn Plaza (the Quad) for the hour of the observance, on Saturday evening, to include music, food, an acoustic band and other activities. Please consult the University calendar for more details. All are welcome to attend.
Thank you for all your efforts to conserve, recycle and sustain our campus environment.
Nathan O. Hatch, President