Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.
In 2008, the Philippines participated in Earth Hour as people turned off their lights in homes and other key areas in the participating districts. In that one hour, WWF and Meralco estimated that a total of 56MWh of energy was saved and greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 30 tonnes in Luzon alone.
Source: WWF Biota Filipina March-April 2008
This year, Earth Hour has turned into a global vote. WWF is urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes to be presented to the world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this year. This meeting will determine the official policies to be taken to fight global warming. Turning off your lights for one hour on March 28, 2009 between 8:30 - 9:30 PM is your vote for Earth.
This is our chance to be heard.
Earth Hour in the Philippines is being spearheaded by WWF Philippines, the Green Army Network, SWITCH Movement, and the Department of Energy. For more updates on WWF's activities for Earth Hour, visit www.wwf.org.ph.