Earth Hour, March 2008

It's all over the news, the world will be in darkness for an hour tonight, March 29, from 8pm to 9pm!

This is to support 7 continents and 6.6 billion people to take one little step towards conserving energy and trying to drive down global warming. 'Coz let's face it, it is quite hot nowadays... and sometimes a bit extremely cold. The earth is turning bipolar, people! {read on...}

The 'Earth Hour' founder Andy Ridley and its organizers are hoping that this global initiative will "encourage people to be more aware of their energy usage, knowing that producing electricity pollutes the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels which are contributing to global warming. "Switching the lights off for an hour is not going to make a dent in global emissions," organiser Charles Stevens, of the environmental group WWF, told AFP.

Cities officially involved in 'Earth Hour' include Aalborg, Aarhus, Adelaide, Atlanta, Bangkok, Brisbane, Canberra, Chicago, Christchurch, Copenhagen, Darwin, Dublin, Hobart, Manila, Melbourne, Montreal, Odense, Ottawa, Perth, Phoenix, San Francisco, Suva, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Toronto and Vancouver. - I wonder why Philippines didn't register as "officially involved"... but we're participating, right?

Although this seems a small act with a large heart, if you do analyze it just a bit more, you'd realize that if the whole world turned off their lights just for one hour every day or every week, it will surely make a huge dent on our total emissions. This means, it will most probably slow down the effects of global warming, and we're saving quite a number of bucks on our bills. Candles are cheaper, you know. Hehe...

So for an hour of lights out, what do you think people in their homes are going to do? Hmmm... I hope we have a back-up plan against population growth.

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