Post Earth Hour babbles

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MANILA, Philippines — More than 15 million Filipinos were estimated to have joined Earth Hour on Saturday night and a total of 647 cities and town participated, making the Philippines number one among all the countries that joined the global event, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Philippine representative said on Sunday.

“Earth Hour Philippines is an astounding success,” said Yeb Sano, WWF Philippines campaign manager, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone.

Sano said the country ranking was based on the initial reports of WWF offices the world over.

Greece was second with 484 participating towns and cities.

Sano said the WWF Philippines noted a “very significant drop” in power consumption during Earth Hour but that the group was still “validating exact figures” from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Earth Hour was a global effort encouraging people from all over the world to turn off electricity from 8:30 to 9:30 pm to raise awareness about the effects of climate change and global warming.

Only a million Filipinos were estimated to have joined the 2008 Earth Hour and the 10-fold jump in the number of participants in 2009 was attributed by Sano to the Filipinos’ increasing awareness about climate change and its effects.

Sano added that WWF also stepped up its campaign for the 2009 Earth Hour.

He said the group networked with several other non-government organizations, government agencies, schools, a thousand private corporations as well as the media, which proved to be an effective strategy to disseminate information about Earth Hour.

Sano said WWF Philippines was still gathering data as reports from various parts of the country continued to come in as of Sunday afternoon.

RP topped Earth Hour participation–reports

By Nikko Dizon
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:47:00 03/29/2009

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Whootwoo! Can’t believe Earth Hour turned out to be a success in our own country. I, for one, even turned off other appliances and listened only on the radio in my cellphone, with a candle inside my bedroom.

However, there are some things that rant for that Saturday night. First off, our baranggay didn’t join the call for concern. Lights weren’t turned off along the streets and that one hour of the neighbors’ lives were spent like it always were.

Sad to say, we have stupid neighbors who were either too dumb to know what’s going on in the world or too dumb to participate.

It seemed that only us, my brother’s family and another neighbor were concerned enough to switch off our lights. Well…with these kind of neighbors, I might as well consider the destruction of this world soon.

Then I overheard someone comment on why he has to join in explaining “I turn off the lights every night, so how’s this Earth Hour thing gonna help? Seriously, I felt so good inside knownig that I’m not him, that my train of thought is not as dense as his, that my lifestyle is unlike his (he’s poor in every sense of the word).

Earth Hour is not just switching off the lights to help cool this world. It’s a message of willingness to participate in the call to help Mother Nature and ourselves. It’s a message to those who are completely unaware of what’s going on in our planet.

In the middle of the Earth Hour, I thought of how to make more people participate next year. I thought if I go around my community and give a token of appreciation (a small gift) to households who participate in the cause, maybe they’d feel better. So maybe I’ll try to do it next year. I need to save up on money starting today…

I hope next year (and in the years to come), more people not just become aware of this special occasion, but participate or at least try. It won’t hurt to switch off the lights for an hour, right?



*****JHAJR*****

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~ by Jose Jr. on March 30, 2009.

4 Responses to “Post Earth Hour babbles”

  1. This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

  2. . . . [There are too many people being brainwashed by group think and not enough independent thinkers in this world. It is a reverse Darwinism.

    The ONLY reason that I would ever turn out all my lights is to show concern for change regarding light pollution, or when camping and have a campfire going.] . . .

  3. thanks, Matt.

  4. bikerbernie,

    Even if all about Earth Hour or climate change is just a ruckus created by someone, I participated in the call to show my concern – not for people but for my planet.

    You cannot deny that this planet is experiencing a lot of problems other than climate change. Earth Hour is just one way of showing my planet that I care enough to help.

    And besides, which is better, to whine and rant about Earth Hour or participate in the cause? I go for the latter, at least there’s something I could do to help. Whining about things will produce nothing.

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