Philippines Outshines The World in Earth Hour 2009

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Last March 28, 2009 at 8:30pm was Earth Hour where everyone was advised to turn off the lights for 1 whole hour to show support for energy conservation.

According to, the Philippines saved 611 MWh of power during the Earth Hour 20009, outshining the rest of the world.  The Philippines beat all countries with its 650 cities participating with Greece and Australia placing at 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  The power saved by the Philippines during the voluntary power off was equivalent to shutting down a dozen power plants for one hour. 

Several simultaneous events happened around the nation to show support for Earch Hour.  The SM chain of malls like SM Baguio, SM Cebu and SM Mall of Asia also showed support by conserving energy from their power-consuming malls.   I was on the road driving by the Makati business district during Earth hour and it was very evident that Makati City was participating as the street lamps were all turned off and several landmarks and buildings were either dimmed or totally unlit.   People from other barangays reverted to lighted candles during Earth hour in support.

Quoting a famous line in an animated movie "Light our darkest hour."  Ironically, as dark as the Philippines was during Earth Hour, we outshined the world.

It's a great feeling to do something in your own little way, and yet feel being one with the world in sync with a common cause.

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  1. Galeng noh? Basta sa pagtitipid champion ang Pinoy.

  2. A truly HumanKind Act, an example of the power of a great idea propagated thru social networking.

  3. @aileen: come to think of it that way, it makes sense. Pinoys do know how to save up.

    @lawrence: yep. There could be more good causes propagated this way. ;)

  4. It a nice feeling being part of this. That night, my daughter Lauren had a party but she remembered to turn off the lights. I was in a graduation dinner but we had candlelit dinner. The Earth Hour is not just a one day affair. It shows us that if we turn off unnecessary lights, we can save a lot of power.

    Like Aileen said, Pinoys know how to save up because we value our limited resources.