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Student champions turning lights off for Earth Hour

Adrienne Luther, a student at Simonsen Ninth Grade Center, has helped raise local awareness for Earth Hour.

Adrienne Luther, a student at Simonsen Ninth Grade Center, has helped raise local awareness for Earth Hour. Photo by Leah Freeze.

The Doubletree Hotel will be turning off its rooftop lights and business center electronics tonight as part of Earth Hour 2011.

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The hour — from 8:30-9:30 p.m. — is part of a worldwide effort organized by the World Wildlife Fund to save energy and raise awareness about the amount of energy we actually use.

Walking through a dark Vegas strip or Times Square might be an eerie reminder of just how much light this country uses.

During Earth Hour 2010, much of the strip, many Times Square billboards, the Golden Gate bridge and the Taj Mahal went dark.

Adrienne Luther, a student at Simonsen Ninth Grade Center, learned about Earth Hour two years ago via her Twitter account.

“I was really into environmental issues and wanted to do something, so I started telling my friends,” Luther said.

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