Friday, March 27, 2009

Earth Hour 2009 - Switch Off Your Lights for One Hour, Save the Planet for Future Generations

28 March 2009

8:30 p.m. today, anywhere you live in the planet, is Earth Hour 2009.  From Earth Hour's official global website, this is the rationale for this momentous event:



This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.
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 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.
We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.

Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.

The goal is to have one billion people join in the event.  In the Philippines, Earth Hour got prominent coverage in yesterday's evening news and top government officials have also issued messages endorsing participation.  The Roman Catholic Church has announced that church bells will ring throughout Earth Hour.  I believe this move is unprecedented and bodes well for the future of other campaigns that the Church will be minded to support.

We can all do something to help save the planet.  Let's start with Earth Hour 2009.


  1. Hmm...buti na lang I switch off my light when we sleep...

  2. Shane, it's a delight to hear from you right here in my blog! Earth Hour must really be a good idea for kids to get that excited. Well, this is really for them.

    Riza, i'm glad you're back and soon! It's always a good idea to turn off the lights when we don't need them anymore. Thanks a lot for your encouraging words on my post about A "Spartan" Graduation Rites Message from PGMA.

    I'll be sure to visit both your blogs before Earth Hour 2009 arrives. God bless!

  3. Hi in 45 minutes I will turn off our lights and computers. I seen Mayor Lim on the TV here but after this event we still have to think of ways to reduce Co2. We already experience climate change.
    Nice you join Bloggersunite.org
    See you around.


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