Public encouraged to turn off lights for Earth Hour

By The Tri-City HeraldMarch 28, 2014 

The public is encouraged to switch off their lights and/or electricity to celebrate Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

There will be events taking place locally and nationally to observe the hour. In the Mid-Columbia, the TRAC readerboard and the decorative lights on the cable bridge will be turned off at 8:30 p.m.

A family-friendly, guided flashlight hike is at 8 p.m. at the Richland Chamna Natural Preserve. Participants will meet in the west parking lot of Chamna Preserve, off Aaron Drive and west of Inland Asphalt, near the Interstate 182 bridge by the Yakima River.

Participants are encouraged to dress accordingly and to bring bug repellent and a flashlight. Pets and children under 5 are not allowed. Call 627-3621 or email to learn more.

In Kennewick, a candle-lit acoustic jam, live stream of global Earth Hour events and a celebration of the decorative lights going off on the cable bridge begins at 8 p.m. at the Crow's Nest at Clover Island in Kennewick.

Major North American icons such as the Golden Gate bridge, the Empire State Building and the Space Needle will dim their lights.

For more information, go to, the new website that replaces the Mid-Columbia Earth Month website, or

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