Earth Hour! Just one hour of lights and electricity outage. I was driving from my cousin’s place, and it was dark on the road. I forgot it was actually earth hour. It was only when I was near my village that I remember why everything is dark.
And so I knew it. No wonder my weary eyes were gasping for lights with what I thought was just an ordinary brownout.
It was announced yesterday that church bells in Manila will be ringing during Earth Hour,
which beginning at 8:30 p.m. although I never heard the nearby church bell ring. Just the same, the fact that the organizers started this for a good cause has actually rung a bell in every cities and countries across the globe.
Phillipines registers record participation
The Philippines topped the Earth Hour global register for cities, towns and districts taking part in Asia, with more than 650 communities taking part.
The event started with the darkening of the Rizal Shrine, a major Manila landmark honouring Filipino national hero Dr. José Rizal. The massive Mall of Asia in Pasay City, the world’s fourth largest mall, also went dark in a ceremony that drew several hundred people.
The ceremony was broadcast live to homes around the country by Studio 23, one of the largest television networks in the Philippines. read more
Australia did it again
Lights went out at tourism landmarks and homes across the globe as what happened on Saturday for Earth Hour 2009, a global event designed to highlight the threat from climate change.
In Australia, where Earth Hour was first launch, the same thing happened again. From the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge to the Eiffel Tower in Paris and London’s Houses of Parliament, lights were dimmed as part of a campaign to encourage people to cut energy use and curb greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.
Organisers said the action showed millions of people wanted governments to work out a strong new U.N. deal to fight global warming by the end of 2009, even though the global economic crisis has raised worries about the costs. read more
And in UK too
More than 200 UK landmarks – and world famous cultural symbols — including Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster in London, and Edinburgh Castle, also went dark WWF’s Earth Hour. More than 100 cities and towns in the UK, including London, Belfast, Cardiff, and Edinburgh to Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Birmingham took part in what is set to be the biggest mass action on climate change. read more
I also remember calling up a bunch of guys about 10km from where I live as they share time over a cup of tea gathering somewhere in Pasig. This was done to create awareness about the issue. This activity opened closed minds and boundaries and connected thoughts and suggestions from all points of the world who had participated online. I never got to the place because of an emergency schedule, nonetheless my heart’s desire and intention will always be there to make our world a better place.
A stronger political will and international leader’s direct involvement will best serve as main menu and not just as soap of the day.
According to The Telegraph, Mr Gore, who ran for president in 2000 against George W Bush and lost, will meet Mr Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden to discuss how energy and climate policies “can stimulate the economy and create jobs.” Al Gore had been a proponent on the issue of easing out if not to prevent global warming.
“Earth Hour 2009″
Every soul that breathes should take this as a prime concern which is basic attitude to enjoying life’s good things, addressing squarely the current circumstance of earth’s survival and humanity’s too. I’ts good that this thrust is gaining ground lately.
The world would never be the same again if you and I will share a bit of our time and take a role in our small way in relation to global warming.
One step to do just that, is to get know the facts and get involved.
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