The Earth Hour was once again successful in uniting the world with the issue on global warming. Yesterday, as expected, 2010 Earth Hour became the biggest event ever! Initial report was that Vietnam’s electricity fell half a million KWh during the Earth Hour. This was trice of what they saved when they first join the event in 2009. Though increase in awareness on climate change is the main cause of event, saved energy is going to be the application of this awareness.

Earth Hour 2010 was the fourth of its kind, 2007 being the first. It all started in Sydney with the 2.2 million residents participated with (World Wide Fund for Nature) WWF’s cause in cooperation with The Sydney Morning Herald. From then on, it became a worldwide event and is scheduled every last Saturday of March.

In 2008, 400 cities from 35 countries supported the March 28, 2008 8:00-9:00 Earth Hour. This includes the iconic landmarks in all seven continents. Zogby International equate these to 36 million participants and a four percent increase in awareness on climate change and all other environmental issues.

Another monumental increase was noted in the 2009 Earth Hour held last March 28, 2009 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. The numbers flared up to 4,088 participating cities from 88 countries. For the first time, United Nations headquarters in New York City participated and save $102 in energy. The United States also topped the participation with 80 million people from 318 cities of its eight states. Philippines seconded with 15 million participants from some 647 cities and towns. Greece followed with 484 cities and towns and Australia with 309.

This year, 137 countries signed up to participate and while the true numbers of people who joined is yet to be finalized, estimates shows that it will also leave the 1 billion goal of 2009 behind.

On Saturday, at exactly 8:30 in the evening, unplug all your appliances to show your love to Mother Earth.

Earth hour has already become an annual event. This year, let us show our support to its organizers. Let us all shut down our electrics and save Mother Earth!

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GLOBAL

Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales calls each and every faithful around the world to show their environment concern by turning off their lights for an hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening of March 28, 2009. This is in support to the third year celebration of the Earth Hour, which originated in Sydney, Australia in 2007 as a ‘one city lights out environment initiative’. From there, it made a surge of interest from every concern citizen in every country around the world. By 2008, there were 371 cities in 35 countries that joined the initiative in support of the climate change as well as energy conservation. This year, it is expected that the figures will be tripled; 1,000 cities around the world will be conserving energy for an hour and showing their dire concern on climate change.
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NATION

In the Philippines alone, the estimates rose to 10 Million environment loving people and 500 businesses to join the environmental act. Earth Hour Philippines 2009 will be supported by World Wide Fund for Nature- Philippines, The Green Army Network, and SWITCH Movement together with the Department of Energy. The world-wide environmental activity is viewed to increase public awareness of the need to care for the environment. Along with that is the will to conserve energy, which is depleting alongside the alarming rapid climate change.
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REGION

Region-wide, there will also be initiatives that will ensure that the 2009 Earth Hour will be carry on successfully. This will be under the close watch and awareness initiatives of Environment officers in the local offices as well as local Energy governing bodies. For even better success rating, local officials will also lead in the Earth Hour, making their homes dim and conserve watts of current for exactly an hour. Multiply these watts conserve into the millions of homes that will join and you get a lot of energy conserved!