Joel and Clara Marasigan

What are YOU doing for Earth Hour?



I’m so excited about Earth Hour tomorrow! I’ve got my $7 bag of IKEA candles ready, and I’m going to make sure that all the lights in my place are off. I’m curious to see what the downtown skyline will look like between 8:30-9:30pm, as I am hoping that the people of Vancouver will participate in this fight against global warming and energy excess.

What is Earth Hour?  It’s a sustainability movement that is building global awareness to help save our beloved planet Earth.  It’s an hour in our lives where we can get involved, take responsibility and do our part to help save the environment.  It’s a moment for us to stop and think about how much energy we waste everyday and how we can live our lives more efficiently.

Earth Hour started in 2007 with just a single city.  In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour. Only a year later, up to 50 million people across 370 cities in over 35 countries participated in this global movement.  Landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square, all stood in darkness.  This year, the target is to have over 1 billion people switching off their lights.  Countries such as China, India and Egypt have all joined in. With now over 1100 cities participating in over 83 countries, I’m sure that the Earth Hour organizers are going to surpass their goal!

It’s great to see how media can be used to draw people together from all over the world.  It’s like the Olympics!  Everyone around the world knows when the Olympics are on.  Part of the excitement is that regardless of culture or race, we share something in common. For the Olympics, it’s the human body, and for Earth Hour, it’s our planet Earth! Together, the world is coming together and showing that we each have the personal capacity to do something amazing for our planet.  Personally, in my own little way, I am using the media (my i2 blog) to ask you to join me in celebrating our precious planet!

The fact that one city can start such a fantastic global movement, means that each of us can make a difference.  From 8:30-9:30pm on this Saturday March 28, please turn off your lights!  Is your printer on?  Do you leave your phone charger plugged in?  How about your hot water boiler?  All of these things are energy consuming devices that do not need to be plugged in 24 hours a day!  Flick the switches off, take the plugs out and do your part to help save the environment.

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