Earth Hour: Join a Low-Lit LADWP Party

The annual 60 minutes of contemplative darkness, sans electricity, returns.

If there was a Sunlight-Discussion-o-Meter, or some sort of recording device that captured how often people discussed the daytime and the nighttime and the times on the clock, it would surely have its biggest week following the start of Daylight Saving Time.

Some people love to rhapsodize about that "extra hour" of sunshine at the end of the day, while others talk of the difficulty of waking in the morning. It's a fine time, then, for an annual event observed around the planet, one that deals in time and light and darkness and the vital issues swirling about our planet: Earth Hour.

Always falling within a few days of Daylight Saving Time -- and the spring equinox, of course -- Earth Hour raises awareness about conservation, the climate, being cognizant of the energy we consume, and all of the beings that share our home turf.

The 2016 Earth Hour happens from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., regardless of location on the map.

As is tradition, many landmarks around the world will lower their lights, or fully extinguish them, for 60 minutes on Saturday, March 19. In past years the pylons at the entrance to Los Angeles International Airport and parts of Santa Monica Pier have dimmed in honor of the worldwide happening.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is throwing an Earth Hour 2016 to-do at 111 North Hope, complete with live tunes and information about World Wildlife Fund event. You're invited to stop by and "see landmarks like City Hall and our downtown skyscrapers all go dark at 8:30 sharp."

If you want to observe Earth Hour at home, it is recommended that "non-essentials" be shut off, like computer screens, though some participants go the full lights-out route.

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How will you honor the hour? Where you be? Find out more at Earth Hour's online HQ.

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