Philippines’ Earth Hour

Sunday, March 29, 2009
March 28th, from 8:30 to 9:30 last night, Philippines had the most cities around the world dimmed for Earth Hour. It was an amazing thing for me that our family has contributed to the number of people from 647 cities and municipalities all over the country, who supported the Earth Hour, a global event to save the earth from climate change.

Earth Hour organizers have told the people earlier that switching off the lights from 8:30 to 9:30 pm wherever time zones you were means voting for Earth, otherwise, refusing to do so is a vote for global warming. It was a great thing that Philippines out of 83 countries worldwide had 647 cities and towns who had signed for pledge supporting the Earth Hour. Greece followed with 484 cities and municipalities and Australia with 309. There were a total of 2,397 cities and towns who switched off lights all over the world.

“When the lights are back, we should think about switching on to a more sustainable future”, answers Yeb Sano from World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) after being asked “What next, after Earth hour?” The campaign’s target was to save up to 500 megawatts of electricity for one hour or that is likely shutting down 10 coal-fired power plants.

Indeed, the said campaign succeed in expressing to the people the essence of understanding our roles in protecting and preserving our Mother Nature. Personally, that was the longest hour I recounted on what humans have actually done to our environment for the past years. Though the funny thing I had observed last night that it was actually blinding to watch TV with lights out, I realized that we can actually do a BIG change in an hour if we just wanted to.

I voted for Earth. How about you?

Source:
Philippine Daily Inquirer
RP had the most cities going dark for Earth Hour
March 29, 2009 pp. A4

2 comments:

  • hello! i too had participated

  • Raphnexx Press Freedom

    I participated...It was too dark!!!!!!but i like it saving mother earth..It's a good start!

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