Yahoo Promoting Earth Day Pledges

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Through a special website hosted at Yahoo, visitors can pledge to take energy-saving measures that may help improve the quality of life on Earth.

If you have considered switching to compact fluorescent bulbs for lamps in the home, or simply turning off the computer when it’s not going to be used for several hours (yes, there are people who do that), Yahoo wants people to pledge to practice those habits at its Earth Day website.

“We are hopeful that Yahoo!’s Earth Day campaign will illustrate that if we act as a global community, together we can make a difference,” Meg Garlinghouse, director of Yahoo! For Good, the company’s community relations initiative, said in a statement.

The website makes use of several Yahoo services in conjunction with its Earth Day observation. Yahoo Answers lets users view and answer climate change and Earth Day questions; each “best” answer receives a chance to win a free trip to this summer’s World Cup in Germany.

The site’s popular Flickr photo sharing site will have a collection of Earth Day-related images on view and available for comment. For those who have avatars associated with their Yahoo accounts, the avatars can be “dressed” in Earth Day t-shirts for the occasion.

At press time, Yahoo users have made 16,888 pledges to adopt one or more of the energy-saving methods recommended by Yahoo. The choice to have names removed from paper-using mailing lists like catalogs has been the leading gatherer of pledges, with pledges to turn off computers close behind it.

Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day, the 26th observed since its 1970 debut. More information about the holiday can be found at the Earth Day Network website.

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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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