West Orange Invites Public to Celebrate Earth Hour on March 28

Solar powered street lights like this one will be on exhibit at the Liter of Light USA event.

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The public is invited to a celebrate Earth Hour on March 28, with Liter of Light USA, a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness about light poverty and the need for affordable, sustainable energy—a problem faced by over 1 billion people in the world today. This event is being made possible thanks to the support of the West Orange Environmental Commission, Downtown West Orange Alliance and the Highlawn Pavillion Restaurant.

The evening is set to begin with a press conference from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, located at 211 Main Street in West Orange, with speeches by West Orange Mayor Robert D. Parisi, Liter of Light Founder Illac Diaz and the CEO of Liter of Light USA Eduardo Pena.

From 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the event will move to the Highlawn Pavilion, located at 1 Crest Drive, where guests will watch the Manhattan skyline go dark as NY joins more than 7,000 cities around the world in solidarity with Earth Hour 2015.

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Earth Hour, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., is a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change and a way for people to show their commitment to reducing carbon emissions. During Earth Hour, Liter of Light USA will illuminate their celebration with an exhibit of its zero-carbon-emitting solar light bottles made from recycled plastic bottles and powered by sustainable solar energy. The exhibit by Liter of Light USA will be a beacon to a greener more sustainable future where everyone has access to light.

About Liter of Light

According to the website, Liter of Light is a non-profit organization that uses solar bottle bulbs to provide high-quality solar lighting to communities with limited or no access to electricity. Liter of Light demonstrates how recycled plastic bottles filled with water and bleach can provide ample day lighting, while an upgrade to an LED bulb, micro-solar panel and a battery can provide low-cost lighting at night. Liter of Light is using of this open source technology to restore light to the typhoon-devastated region of Tacloban in his native Philippines. The site offers a video on how to make a Solar Bottle Bulb and a download to Create a Solar Bottle Bulb.

Click HERE to read TAP into West Orange’s March 25 article on the town’s pre-Earth Hour Ceremony.

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