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Howard University to Go Dark for WWF's Earth Hour
Student and Environmental Organizations Shows Support with Pre-Earth Hour Rally  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Kerry-Ann Hamilton
Media Relations Manager
(202) 238-2332
k_hamilton@howard.edu

WASHINGTON (March 26, 2009) — Howard University will host a pre-Earth Hour rally on Friday March 27, at 12 p.m. on Upper Quadrangle in collaboration with Earth Hour 2009. Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau announced that Howard University will be a flagship university on March 28 in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2009.

“In the fight against climate change, we will take an active role in turning out our lights, taking action and encouraging students and faculty to participate and spread the word,” Ribeau said.

Guest speakers for the rally include Trustee Aprille J. Ericson, Ph.D., Leslie Aun, managing director of Earth Hour US and Miss Black DC Breyuna Williams, who will discuss her platform “There’s Beauty in Being Green.”

Earth Hour has millions of people worldwide participating in more than 1,500 cities, including Washington, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Beijing, Mexico City, Istanbul, Paris, Rome and Sydney. President Ribeau said as part of Howard’s participation, the students, staff, faculty and alumni will:

·                    Create a board of students and faculty to plan Earth Hour
·                    Encourage non-essential campus lights to be turned off
·                    Raise students’ voices through communication to policy-makers
·                    Promote climate conscious decisions for our campus
·                    Report to WWF’s Earth Hour Team with earth hour plans for the campus

“Howard University is committed to joining the unified global movement in fighting the climate crisis,” he said.  “Together, we can make a difference.  Turn Out. Take Action.”

For more information and to participate, please visit www.EarthHourUS.org

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