Turn off the lights for Earth Hour
March 28, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. March 28, 2009
City buildings throughout Issaquah will switch off nonessential lights Saturday raise awareness about the effects of climate change.
Mayor Ava Frisinger proclaimed from 8:30-9:30 p.m. as Earth Hour. Earth Hour is an international event organized by the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about climate change. Organizers hope to encourage businesses, individuals and government to take steps to reduce their carbon emissions and impact on the environment.
Frisinger urged Issaquah residents to turn off all nonessential lighting at homes and businesses to conserve energy and raise awareness about climate change. Effects on the change of seasons – such as the early arrival of spring – could have a profound impact on certain species, she said. She cited increased occurrences of extreme weather as another example of climate change.
During Earth Hour 2008, more than 50 million people in more than 1,000 cities worldwide turned off their lights. Landmarks around the world went dark, including the Space Needle, the Sydney Opera House and the Golden Gate Bridge.