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Dan Forman
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Cities and States Across the U.S. to Turn Out for WWF's 2010 Earth Hour

Hundreds of Iconic Buildings and Landmarks Set to Go Dark on March 27th at 8:30 p.m. in Largest Global Call to Action on Climate Change


WWF announced today that a record 19 states and 48 cities in the U.S. will dim their lights for Earth Hour 2010 with more expected to join the global movement in the coming weeks.

Earth Hour, which takes place Saturday, March 27th at 8:30 p.m. local time, is an event in which millions of Americans will turn out their lights for one hour in support of action on climate change
and toward creating a cleaner, safer and more secure future. 2010 marks
the third year of the event, which attracted more than 80 million
participants in the U.S. last year, and nearly a billion people around
the world, as lights dimmed on such global icons as the Eiffel Tower in
Paris, Sydney's Opera House, the Great Pyramids of Gaza and New York's
Empire State Building.

WWF officials said Earth Hour is
continuing to build strong momentum, with significantly more states and
cities signed up compared with this time last year.

"Earth Hour
sends a message that it's time for America to switch to a cleaner,
safer and more secure future," said WWF President and CEO Carter
Roberts. "We expect tens of millions Americans all across the nation
will take part because they care about our country, our planet and our

States officially participating in Earth Hour 2010 to
date are Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa,
Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New
Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia and
Wisconsin-triple the number that took part in 2009. Atlanta, Chicago,
Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, St. Louis, and
Winston-Salem are among the cities taking part. The list of
participating communities includes Huntsville, AL; Lansing, MI; Malibu,
CA; Plainsboro, NJ; Portland, OR, Montgomery County, MD; Rochester, NY
and Valparaiso, IN. City and state officials have committed to turning
off non-essential lighting in state capitol buildings, city halls,
governors' residences, and other landmarks.

U.S. landmarks
such as Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, St. Louis' Gateway Arch, Sea
World in Orlando, the strip in Las Vegas, New York's Empire State
Building, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Washington D.C.'s
National Cathedral, California's Santa Monica Pier and the Space Needle
in Seattle are among the hundreds of sites that will turn off
non-essential lighting for the hour, in what is expected to be the
largest-ever call to action on climate change.

Outside the U.S.,
WWF said they expect more than 800 cities in 80 countries to take part
in Earth Hour 2010, including Athens, Bangkok, Cape Town, Delhi, Dubai,
Geneva, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Manila, Moscow, Rome, Seoul, Singapore,
Sydney, Tel Aviv and Toronto. Cities participating for the first time
include Stockholm and Hiroshima.

Since its inception three years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world's imagination becoming a global phenomenon. Last year, for Earth Hour
2009 nearly one billion people in 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven
continents turned out. In the U.S. alone, 80 million Americans and 318
cities officially voted for action with their light switch. These
people and municipalities were joined by iconic landmarks including:
the Las Vegas Strip, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings in New
York City, the Space Needle in Seattle, Church of Latter-Day Saints
Temple in Salt Lake City, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the
National Cathedral in Washington DC. International landmarks that
turned off their lights included the Great Pyramids of Giza, Parthenon
in Athens, St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Big Ben and Houses of
Parliament in London, Paris' Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower, Beijing's
Birds Nest and Water Cube, Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong, Sydney's
Opera House and Christ de Redeemer status in Rio de Janeiro.

World Wildlife Fund is the largest multinational conservation organization in the world, works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.