Earth Hour Celebration 2009
Yesterday, March 28, 2009, the Philippines and 83 other countries join hands in the observance of the Earth Hour Day. Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour.
Since then, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008. Earth Hour has been a global event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.
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 the 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.
In the Philippines, Makati City was designated by the World Wide Fund (WWF) as the official “Earth Hour Flagship City” with Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay as the Earth Hour 2009 Ambassador. As the Flagship City, Makati endorse the movement and did a citywide participation to symbolize the solidarity of the Philippines with the rest of the world.
The event started with a short program at 7 p.m and at exactly 8:30 p.m., all lights on lampposts in 27 major roads and public buildings in Makati and other cities and municipalities are switched off for one hour.
Myriads of events and activities are also held in different parts of the world in the observation of Earth Hour!
How about you, what did you vote? do you switch your lights off or not?