Many often think of being ‘green’ as a practice that focuses on energy savings, but it is important to not forget the importance of saving ‘blue.’ Not only is water a limited natural resource, but there is also a fundamental water-energy connection. The treatment and delivery of water requires a lot of energy, but it takes a lot of cooling water for energy production, too. Tragically, the current crisis at the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama, Japan has highlighted the cooling water demands.

In support of saving energy (and saving water) Earth Hour will take place Saturday, March 26th at 8:30 p.m. local time, and is an event in which millions of Americans will turn out their lights for one hour in support of action on climate change toward creating a cleaner, safer and more secure future. 2011 marks the fourth year of the event which had a record 128 countries and territories around the world participate last year 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.

Here’s how you can participate in Earth Hour:
• Turn off your lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 26, 2011
• Commit to reducing your energy consumption in the year ahead
• Visit www.earthhour.org to find out how to continue making a difference in the fight against climate change

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