Roxas City – The observance of the Earth Hour 2009 last Saturday was overwhelmingly participated by over 15-million Filipinos in about 647 major cities and towns across the country who switched-off their lights for 60 minutes topping all other countries for the biggest number of participation trailed by Greece with 484 and Australia with 309 – proving that Filipinos rise up and unite to the challenge of climate change.
The World Wildlife Fund – Philippines reported based on preliminary reports indicate that 611MWh of power was saved during the black-out – equivalent to shutting down a dozen coal-fired power plants for 60 minutes. A total of 386MWh was saved in Luzon, 150MWh in Mindanao and 75MWh in the Visayas. The organizers of this year’s call hoped for the participation of at least 1000 cities and towns worldwide, the group said.
“Based on last year’s Earth Hour observance, 80MWh was saved, Earth Hour 2009 is ten times more massive and effective and is the largest environmental action in Philippine history”, WWF-Philippines reported.
It was noted that the inaugural Earth Hour in 2007 in Sydney, Australia involved just 2-million people in one city while about 53 million in 371 cities in 35 countries took up the rallying cry in 2008.
The Earth Hour last Saturday which aimed for a decisive action on climate change with at least 3943 communities from 88 countries across 25 time zones heeded this year’s call. This reflects growing global concern over climate change.
by: Adam Jesus Bering
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