Including Kingston, 2,398 cities, towns and municipalities in 83 countries have already committed to participate in Earth Hour 2009. For many around the Limestone City, it will be lights out on Saturday, March 28th from 8:30pm ’til 9:30pm. Last year, I participated in Earth Hour by turning off everything in my house and headed out to document the steps the city, businesses, and residents were taking, which can be viewed on our YouTube channel. This year, Kingston desperately need to get more people to participate in the hour of darkness, in order to ensure more local residents are thinking about curbing global warming. Considering CKWS’s latest poll regarding whether or not Kingstonian’s will use their green bins (66% said no), this year could be a tipping point of sorts. So if you didn’t participate last year, please read this as Kingstonist’s personal challenge to you. And if you plan on being a part of Earth Hour, I would ask that you help spread the word and convince friends, neighbors and co-workers to enjoy some candlelight, and tv-free living for a mere 60 minutes. It’s not that long, and it’s not that much to ask.