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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Seattle Turns off the Lights To Fight Global Warming

3/27/2008  11:20:00 AM

Seattle Turns off the Lights To Fight Global Warming
Cities worldwide flip the switch at the same time on March 29

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels announced today the city of Seattle will participate in Earth Hour this Saturday, joining dozens of cities across the globe that are encouraging people to turn off the lights and consider the small steps that can reduce climate pollution.

On Saturday, March 29, from 8 to 9 p.m., Seattle City Hall will go dark, along with the Seattle Municipal Tower, the Central Library and Seattle Justice Center, except for those areas that must remain illuminated for emergency and public safety reasons.

Lights at city parks and community centers will also be turned off except for outdoor safety lighting and where there is a previously scheduled event. All ballfield lights will be turned off. The city’s 18 tennis courts are on a push button switch, which will remain active. The Seattle Center’s arts venues that are hosting events that evening will not participate. In partnership with the city, radio station AM1090 is encouraging all its listeners to participate in earth hour.

“By turning off nonessential city lights for an hour, we are joining the millions of people across the world who share our concerns about climate change,” said Nickels. “If habits start with a single act, then an hour without lights may turn into a year of lower electricity bills and greater awareness about global warming.”

Dozens of cities will participate in Earth Hour by turning off lights at 8 p.m. Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour began in Syndey, Australia, on March 31, 2007. For one hour, more than 2.2 million Sydney residents and 2,100 businesses switched off their lights, leading to a 10.2 percent energy reduction across the city.

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