Earth Hour is today, Saturday, March 23rd, and the city will be observing the hour between 8:30pm and 9:30pm tonight. The city will turn off the lights at several facilities across the city, including City Hall, and the Seattle Center will observe the hour as well: the large neon sign atop KeyArena and the Pacific Science Center arches will go dark for the hour.
According to Mayor Mike McGinn: “Earth Hour is a good reminder about the little things that everyone can do to help fight climate change.”
Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia, in 2006. What happens during Earth Hour? People across the globe turn off non-essential lights for an hour to raise awareness about climate change. The annual event has grown to hundreds of millions of people in 152 countries who turn off their lights for an hour.
In other parts of the city, Seattle City Light will turn off the historic City Light sign at the South Service Center, and the Office of Arts & Culture is partnering with the Seattle Art Museum to turn off Hammering Man.
You can participate in Earth Hour too, just turn off non-essential lights between 8:30pm and 9:30pm tonight.