WEST ORANGE, NJ – In preparation for Earth Hour, an annual worldwide movement that encourages individuals, communities and businesses to turn off non-essential lights between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. in order to shine a light on conservation awareness and climate change on March 28, the West Orange Environmental Commission (WOEC) is hosting its annual Earth Hour Kick-Off Event at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in collaboration with the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

According to WOEC Chair Michael Brick, the annual kick-off will feature more than a dozen speakers from various backgrounds, including assembly members Mila Jacey and John McKeon plus West Orange Mayor Robert D. Parisi and representatives from the Essex County Environmental Center, the Sierra Club and the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE).

In addition, members of the WOEC will be presenting eco-friendly programs and West Orange students from Roosevelt and Liberty Middle School and West Orange High School will present their own ideas and inventions, making the Thomas Edison National Historical Park the “perfect backdrop” for this year’s booster event, according to Councilwoman Susan McCartney.

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A reception with food and drink will immediately follow this week's event at the Edison Lofts penthouse lounge.

To learn more about Earth Hour, visit earthhour.org.

Earth Hour is not associated with Earth Day, which will be observed on April 22.