4/14/2007--Seattle, WA, USA..Protesters at the 'Step It Up Congress' rally in Myrtle Edwards Park, hold up dozens of free 23-watt "Greenlites" that conserve energy with Seattle's iconic Space Needle behind. The lights were handed out for free to encourage people in Seattle to use more energy efficient lighting in their homes. Replace a regular incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb, that use 60% less energy than a regular bulb, can save about 300 pounds of carbon dioxide a year...COOL CITY.Seattle takes on the Global Warming Challenge.Photographs and text ©2007 Stuart Isett...In the winter of 2004 and 2005, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels was hearing alarming reports from the nearby Cascade Mountains, the stunning snow capped peaks that sit just east of the city in Washington State, in the US Pacific Northwest. Nickels's advisers were coming to him weekly with reports that the snow pack in the mountains was just 1 percent of normal. This was serious issue in the city, where melting snow feeds the city's reservoirs in the springtime and swells the rivers that supply its hydroelectric energy...When on February 16th, 2005, the Kyoto Protocol to fight global warming took effect with 141 nations signing on, Mayor Nickels saw an opportunity in the face of a local climate crisis. While President Bush was refusing to sign the Protocol, Mayor Nickels of Seattle decided to start the US Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement, also called the 'Cool Cities' initiative, which set CO2 emission goals for US cities that met or exceeded the Kyoto Protocols. In March, 2005, Nickels signed the agreement along with eight fellow mayors at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in March, 2005. ..By April, 2007, Mayor Nichols managed to get 471 mayors, representing some 60 million Americans, to agree that it's a good idea for U.S. cities to meet or beat Kyoto Protocol targets for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, despite the Bush administration's continuing rejection of the treaty.