Lights go dark Saturday night for Earth Hour

March 25, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. March 25, 2011

Earth Hour — billed as the largest climate awareness event in history — reaches Issaquah and King County on Saturday night, as nonessential lights go dark.

“Turning off the lights for one hour is a positive gesture to call attention to the relationship between energy use and climate change,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a release. “The real challenge is translating this gesture into earth-friendly actions we can take at all hours of every day.”

The city and county plan to join hundreds of millions of people and tens of thousands of organizations in the event. Earth Hour is scheduled for 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Constantine has signed a proclamation in support of Earth Hour 2011, a global event spearheaded by the World Wildlife Fund.

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Little environmentalists reduce their carbon footprints

April 13, 2010

Preschoolers in the Goddard School’s Pelican class show off their recycled fashion creations during a day of environment-centered activities in honor of the Global Earth Hour conservation event. By Catherine Callan

Pint-sized environmental stewards in training got their first taste of conservation March 26.

Students at the Goddard School of Issaquah helped reduce their carbon footprints by participating in a variety of conservation activities throughout the week. Read more

Turn off the lights for Earth Hour

March 28, 2009

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.

Issaquah will go dark for Earth Hour

March 23, 2009

City buildings throughout Issaquah will switch off nonessential lights March 28 to raise awareness about the effects of climate change. Read more