Saturday, March 14, 2009

Earth Hour - Seattle is actually participaiting this year

This is kind of exiting news. I found out that Seattle is actually on the list of participating cities for Earth Hour this year. Earth Hour is where you turn off all your lights and electric appliances for one hour on March 28 between 8:30 and 9:30pm. If you turn off your power, you are voting for Earth, leave the power on, you are voting for Global Warming (no comments on our Seattle winter!). Earth Hour started in 2007 with Sydney Australia when 2.2 million homes switched off. 2008 it grew to 50 million homes. This year the goal is for 1 billion people to pull the switch.
See the photo of the Sydney bridge. Notice that you can't see the sky when the lights are on, but when the lights turned off, the sky is visible - cloudy, but visible.
If enough turn off, and skies are clear maybe the Milky Way will be seen for the first time in decades from around Seattle, I think that would be an awesome goal for Seattle if we could darken the skies long enough to see what was lost many years ago. Yeah....skies need to be clear for that to happen, but maybe we'll get lucky this time?

1 comment:

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