Buildings around Seattle will go dark for the third annual Earth Hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, as part of a global effort to take action against climate change by turning out lights around the world for one hour.
Mayor Mike McGinn announced yesterday that “all non-essential lighting” at city building including the Seattle Municipal Tower, City Hall, the Justice Center, Key Arena and Parks and Recreation Community Centers will be participating, alongside the Space Needle and the arches at the Pacific Science Center.
“Earth Hour is an opportunity to show our city’s commitment to fighting climate change,” said McGinn. “Reducing green house gas emissions cannot be accomplished by any one project. Whether it’s fighting against an expanded highway across Lake Washington, expanding light rail within Seattle or working to reduce energy consumption in the homes and businesses of our city’s residents, we need to embrace every opportunity to protect our planet for our children’s future.”
More than 80 million people across the U.S. and nearly a billion people around the world participated in Earth Hour last year. Other national and global landmarks that dimmed the lights include the Eiffel Tower, Sydney’s Opera House, The Empire State Building, the Great Pyramids of Gaza, Mount Rushmore, the Las Vegas strip and the Golden Gate Bridge.
In a letter this week the Pacific Science Center asked its members to consider participating in Earth Hour, supporting the creation of “a cleaner, safer and more secure future.”
We hear a lot about climate change, but many people are not sure how to make a difference or make their wishes for action known. One way is by joining in Earth Hour
Coincidentally, just before Earth Hour begins on Saturday, Queen Anne residents will be able to enjoy a fireworks show over Elliott Bay, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (General Construction Company will be celebrating its centennial).
For more information on Earth Hour or ways you can get involved, visit www.earthhour.org. Send pictures of Earth Hour 2010 to email@example.com, and remember to turn out the lights!