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The rap against Earth Hour, the annual campaign to turn off the lights around the world at a particular hour on a particular day, is that it's nothing more than a feel-good gimmick. The 60-minute blackout itself won't solve a thing, but we think that this effort to raise environmental awareness on a global scale, in its eighth year, should be supported. This year, Earth Hour will take place on Saturday, March 29 at 8:30pm in each time zone.

The organizers, along with the World Wildlife Fund, will launch a new initiative on February 6 called Earth Hour Blue to leverage this mass engagement into more concrete results, spurring crowdfunded local conservations projects.

While we're on the subject of turning off the lights, another enthusiastic recommendation for a book we've mentioned before: The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light. It's a beautifully written reflection on light pollution and the ways in which a sky full of stars, when you can find it, does us many worlds of good.

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