Earth Hour Is Saturday – Will You (And The City Of Burien) Participate?

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Earth Hour 2010 is coming up this Saturday, March 27th, starting at 8:30pm, and BTB Contributor Jim Branson wants to know: will YOU participate this year?

And what (if anything) will the City of Burien do?

Last year, the city seemingly did nothing, as far as we could tell (see our coverage here).

Here’s a challenge from Jim:

Last year the citizens, businesses, and government of Burien mostly ignored this event while cities around the world marked the occasion by turning off the lights to major landmarks and skyscrapers.

Judging by the reaction to my editorial last year, many Burien residents will want to mark the event this year by buying extra floodlights to light up the night.

During 2009's "Earth Hour," the lights were left ablaze all night at the new city hall/library building.

What will YOU do for Earth hour?

Will you turn on every light in your home and turn on the headlights to all your cars and buy extra lights to illuminate the neighborhood?

Or will you join the growing number of people trying to raise awareness of global warming and the unsustainable use of finite resources?

What will City Hall do?

Last year, every single light in the new Library/City Hall building blazed brightly even though the building hadn’t been finished, and was completely vacant at the time.

Will Burien do any better this year?

I plan to go out for a walk again, and I’ll have my camera with me.

If you’re wondering what the heck Earth Hour is, according to the organization’s website:

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In 2009 hundreds of millions of people around the world showed their support by turning off their lights for one hour.

Earth Hour 2010 will continue to be a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up, to show leadership and be responsible for our future.

For more information, visit the Earth Hour website here.

Also, here are a couple of promo videos:

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6 Responses to “Earth Hour Is Saturday – Will You (And The City Of Burien) Participate?”
  1. Coverofnight says:

    My participation in conservation is 24/7……I won’t do anything special for this hour; I’ve done more than enough already.

  2. Bobby says:

    Stand around in the dark for an hour on a Saturday night? You’ve got to be kidding me! Turning off lights is not going to change the climate. Hope you’re using rechargeable batteries in that camera of yours. I agree with coverofnight.

  3. candice. says:

    It’s pretty obvious turning out the lights for one hour isn’t going to change the climate, Bobby. The point of Earth Hour is to bring awareness to conservation throughout the year.

    I don’t understand why so many people who claim to be environmentally conscience have nothing but negativity to spout towards Earth Hour. What’s so CA-RAZY about turning the lights out for ONE hour on a Saturday night?! We’re having a dinner party. Which after last year’s successful dinner party I’m quite excited about.

    I guess I can’t fault people for not wanting to participate but I each year more people do.

  4. Michele says:

    It is preposterous to expect the small business community in Burien to shut their lights off during business hours. Should businesses that are serving alcohol risk their licenses and subject themselves to insurance claims if patrons fall because they can’t see?

    Burien’s small business owners are very environmentally responsible; you should take your camera around and check out what they do on a daily basis as far as cleaning sidewalks and recycling, report the positive Jim.

    Turning the lights out for 1 hour proves nothing. If you really want to do some good for our planet you might consider passing out some educational information as opposed to taking pictures of businesses you feel are in violation of some sort of 1 hour mandate that is short sited and not very helpful.

  5. NP Commenter says:

    Such small thinking. Of course one hour won’t change the course of global warming, but it will bring a moment of attention and intensity to the issues. We’ve got to get folks thinking about this and taking it seriously.

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