Join the Earth Hour 2011

Earth Hour is a global grass-roots movement encouraging individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take positive actions for the environment, and celebrating their commitment to the planet by switching off their lights for one designated hour.  This year, Earth Hour will be held on Saturday, March 26 between 8:30PM and 9:30PM.

Earth Hour 2011

Earth Hour 2011 asks people from all countries to:

  • Switch off your lights for Earth Hour at 8:30PM, Saturday, March 26, and celebrate your commitment to the planet with the people of the world.
  • Sign up and Share stories of your actions that benefit the planet on earthhour.org.
  • Sustain your actions beyond the hour.

The Philippines topped global Earth Hour participation levels for both 2009 and 2010.  Ten million Filipinos in 647 towns, cities and municipalities switched off in 2009, while 15 million Filipinos in 1076 towns and cities joined the 2010 switch-off.  Over a billion people from 128 countries participated in Earth Hour 2010 – marking it as the largest environmental event in known human history.

“Though it would be wonderful to again be number one in terms of participation, we must emphasize that Earth Hour is but 60 minutes long.  If we want lasting and effective results, then we must inculcate the true spirit of the event into our lives – which is to reduce our consumption of power, water and other critical resources.  We want Filipinos to pledge to a year-long commitment to reduce their energy usage,” notes Ibay.  “Pledges can take the form of biking to work, choosing to fly less, planting native trees, going on a no-meat diet and so on.  It all depends on what the individual is willing to do.  In the same fashion, corporations and communities can make commitments to be more resource efficient and environmentally responsive.  Remember, it starts with nothing more than a conscious decision.”

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