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What do you do on Earth Hour?

Turn out the lights.

Or at least, that’s what will happen at the Capitol Building in Olympia and City Hall in Spokane from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. It’s part of a worldwide observance of Earth Hour.

Not to be confused with Earth Day, which is in April. (And considering that the Earth is, like, the only planet we have, shouldn’t it at least get a month? But don’t let’s go down that road…)

The Capitol dome lights will go off for that hour, and Washington residents are being encouraged to turn their lights off then, too, in a show of support. (At the rate the Legislature is going, one might argue the lights could stay out in that part of the Capitol for days, and no one would notice.)

Gov. Chris Gregoire will sign a proclamation supporting Earth Hour, although it’s not quite clear if she’ll sign it by candle light, kerosene lantern, or just have someone flick their lighter until it’s signed. Or everyone could just open their cell phone, and the screen glow will light the room.

Spokane City Hall, the Clocktower in Riverfront Park and the Pavilion will also be lights out at that time at the direction of Mayor Mary Verner.

So if you’re out and about on Saturday evening, and the light on a public building suddenly go off, it’s not a sign that someone forgot to pay their Avista bill.

 

Peaceful protest at City Hall

A group of young adults tried to bring some attention to the kidnapping of children in Uganda by camping outside Spokane City Hall over the weekend until they could be “rescued.”

They were part of a national protest called “Invisible children” which set up demonstrations in some 80 cities around the United States.They started Saturday at Lewis and Clark High School, about 160 strong, on Saturday, then shifted to City Hall on Sunday where they passed the time drawing on the sidewalks and streets with chalk and wrapped in blankets and sleeping bags.

By Monday morning, about 30 were on or around the grassy knoll outside the Post Street entrance to the council chambers. According to the rules for the nationwide protest, they couldn’t leave until a high-ranking government leader or a celebrity came to make a public statement on behalf of the kidnapped children, thus “rescuing” the protesters and setting them free.

Considering that the kidnapping of children in Uganda and other East African countries is pretty far down on the list of local concerns, just about anything they did would raise consciousness to some higher level. So they can count themselves successful.

But the protest had a few unusual twists.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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