BUFFALO N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Zoo wants residents to conserve energy in order to help preserve polar bears, like the ones that are popular at the zoo.
Zoo officials are asking people to turn off non-essential lights, appliances or electronics for at least one hour each day this week.
The event is timed to coordinate with Earth Hour which is Saturday night. These initiatives were started to reduce carbon emissions, and slow melting of sea ice which wild polar bears need to survive.
Earth Hour is a worldwide event each March which asks individuals, communities and businesses to turn off non-essential lights for one hour to show their commitment to protecting the environment.