Sunday, March 22, 2009
On 28 March 2009 at 8:30PM, cities and towns across the world will turn off their lights for ONE HOUR – Earth Hour – sending a powerful global message that it’s possible to take action on global warming.
In what we hope will be the world’s largest mass participation event, Earth Hour 2009 will be the culmination of one billion people around the globe, in more than 1000 cities from business, government and the community turning off lights, and sending a message to world leaders in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009 that we need a commitment to actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the short and long term benefit of the planet in order to avert widespread disastrous impacts especially in developing countries like the Philippines.
Taking the first step is as easy as turning off a light.
By encouraging entire cities to perform this simple act, for just one hour, a strong message is delivered to the world about the urgent need to address climate change, and shows that it is possible for everyone to make a difference.
In March 2008, Earth Hour reached 370 cities and towns in more than 35 countries across and has become a fast-growing global sustainability movement. An estimated 50 to 100 million people around the world switched off their lights for Earth Hour in 2008, including an estimated 1 million Filipinos, and global landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Rome’s Coliseum, the Coke billboard in Times Square and Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai darkened for one hour. Our very own Manila City Hall Clock Tower, the Mall of Asia, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines were blanketed in meaningful darkness. Today, through the extensive WWF International network, Earth Hour 2009 has gotten commitments from over 78 countries, the number growing each day. Personalities from all over the globe, including Hollywood celebrities like Cate Blanchett, Alanis Morisette, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Imbruglia, Nelly Furtado, and many more are embracing Earth Hour! In the Philippines, Earth Hour is being endorsed by leaders such as Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales and Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes. Many more personalities have resolved to make a difference by embracing Earth Hour – Bianca Araneta, Jericho Rosales, Nikki Gil, Paolo Abrera, Jim Paredes, Anthony Pangilinan, Maricel Laxa, Tweety de Leon, Margie Moran, Piolo Pascual, Rachelle Anne Go, Jed Madela, Vhong Navarro, Bea Alonzo, Anne Curtis, and Sam Milby, among others.
The Philippines will again join millions of communities around the world as we all literally “turn out the lights” for Earth Hour 2009. WWF, in partnership with the Department of Energy, The Green Army, and the Switch Movement, will turn off lights nationwide – Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, aiming for the participation of at least 10 million Filipinos.
Earth Hour 2009 will be a major call to action for every individual, government and business to take responsibility and play a part in ensuring a sustainable future. Iconic buildings and landmarks across the world will go dark. People will join together to celebrate and create a conversation about the future of our planet.
Earth Hour is a message of hope and action. Imagine what we can do if we act together.
Join us for Earth Hour 2009.
LOGSAC will do.