For one hour Saturday night, the World Wildlife Fund is asking people to turn off their lights for Earth Hour, a world-wide event to raise awareness about global warming. Cities around the globe will flip the switch from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time. “In the U.S. where we are already feeling the impacts of climate change, Earth Hour sends a clear message that Americans care about this issue and want to turn the lights out on dirty air, dangerous dependency on foreign oil and costly climate change impacts, and make the switch to cleaner air, a strong economic future and a more secure nation,” states the Earth Hour website. In Seattle, not only will residents turn out the lights, but many other buildings including Seattle Municipal Tower, City Hall, the Justice Center, Parks and Recreation Community Centers, Key Arena, the arches at the Pacific Science Center and the Space Needle will all go dark for the hour.
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14 thoughts to “Earth Hour is Saturday night”
We did Earth Hour last year. We made an indoor camp out with the kids and waited to see Seattle go dark. I think we were the only ones who did it!! I hope a few more people will do it this year. It was actually fun to plan and pull off. I love how quiet everything gets without the electricity buzzing.
Finally, enough available power for the time machine…
The Hot Tub Time Machine?
More electricity for the rest of us, thanks!
I wonder if burglaries spike during this hour?
I wonder if the people that live behind me that keep their back lights on 24/7 will do this…. doubtful :(
Just a note for the Swedes: WWF apparently no longer stands for “World Wildlife Fund” or anything else — it's just “WWF”, since they are now a broader enviro-activism group, not just wildlife-focused.
Does this mean flipping off the entire breaker (including power to freezer and fridge)?
it's only an hour. I don't think anything will spoil.
Well, my house might be easier to spot as ALL lights will be ON! Wooohoo!
A great opportunity to protest the corrupt politicization of science and the THEORY of co2 caused global warming.
The endless buzzing of the fans on top of the new 24th Ave QFC continued unabated all night – like every other night and day. Sure is a nice eco-friendly “sustainable” Ballard development, there (NOT- the incredibly loud buzzing noise from their HVAC system can be heard for a mile around 24/7).
Oh – you're just a longtime resident of Ballad and honest taxpayer just trying to get along? Screw you, shame oh shame on you for daring to own a car – you, turn off your damn lights and repent, sinner.
Wealthy developers coming to a neighborhood full of suckers to make a fast buck? Oh, welcome to you, dear developers – YOU are free to use all the power you want, have your trucks fill our streets and block access all you want, please make yourselves comfortable and feel free leave all your lights (and HVAC fans) on 24/7/365 and wreck the former peace and quiet of a once-vibrant neighborhood that you have raped.
We did turn our lights out (mostly, anyway), but didn't see any neighbors doing so. It was kind of fun.
I turned lights and computer off and left them off. Streetlights outside so wasn't in complete blackness. I didn't see a lot of dark windows out there, though.