Kirkland proclaims "Earth Hour" on March 27, 2010 from 8:30-9:30 pm

EarthDayProclamation On March 2, 2010, the Mayor of Kirkland made the following proclamation:

Proclaiming “Earth Hour” on March 27, 2010 from 8:30-9:30 pm in Kirkland, Washington

WHEREAS, this hour has been designated worldwide by World Wildlife Fund as “Earth Hour” in which millions of people around the world will come together to call for action on climate change by turning off their lights for one hour; and

WHEREAS, Earth Hour is a reminder that communities, including the City of Kirkland, can make a positive impact to alleviate climate change; and

EarthHourProclimationWHEREAS, Kirkland is joining cities and states across the country to raise awareness and demonstrate our nation’s commitment to fighting climate change by supporting “Earth Hour;” and

WHEREAS, local government actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency provide multiple local benefits by decreasing air pollution, creating jobs, reducing energy expenditures, and saving money for the local government, its businesses, and its residents; and

WHEREAS, the Kirkland City Council adopted Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets on August 7, 2007, and directed staff to develop a long term action plan that will lead to the targeted reductions in greenhouse gas emissions for municipal operations and the community through capital investment, operational changes, program development and public outreach; and

WHEREAS, the City Council on May 19, 2009, resolved that the City of Kirkland is committed to the long-range goal of stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, and adopted the Climate Protection Action Plan; and

WHEREAS, we are setting forth a bold vision for Kirkland to work toward solutions to the escalating climate crisis and protect our future and that of future generations;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Joan McBride, the Mayor of Kirkland, do hereby proclaim March 27, 2010 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. as “Earth Hour” in Kirkland and call upon all residents and businesses to turn off their lights for one hour and join the City in pledging their support to climate protection.

Signed this 2nd Day of March, 2010

______________________ Joan McBride, Mayor

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