Seattle dims the lights for Earth Hour Saturday

photo by Juan Carlos Del Olmo / WWF-Spain

photo by Juan Carlos Del Olmo / WWF-Spain

Earth Hour began three years ago as a way for people around the world to come together to make a statement about climate change in a simple way by turning off their lights for one hour.

Global participants include Sydney’s Opera House, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London, the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, and the Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower in Paris, to name a few. In the US, the Empire State Building, the Vegas Strip, Mount Rushmore, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, SeaWorld in Orlando, the Golden Gate Bridge, Santa Monica Pier, and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC are among those taking part.

Locally, Earth Hour happens Saturday, March 27, at 8:30 pm. Mayor McGinn has announced that the City of Seattle will do its part by shutting off all non-essential lighting at the Seattle Municipal Tower, City Hall, and the Justice Center, Parks and Recreation Community Centers. In city facilities, all building lights will be turned off except for emergency lights, lighting for around-the-clock operations at Civic Campus buildings and all outdoor lighting where not required by code to remain on.

Also taking part: the Key Arena, Pacific Science Center, and the Space Needle. ART Restaurant at the Four Seasons has cooked up a special meal for the event – guests will dine by candlelight and have the opportunity to purchase the Glassybaby votives on their tables with 10 percent of the proceeds going to Conservation International.

Participation in Earth Hour is simple – turn off your lights from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. For more information on the event, visit their website.

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