March 28, 2009. Saturday. 8:30 – 9:30 PM. Around one billion homes (spread across 80 countries and counting) are targetted to switch off their lights as a global vote to influence world leaders when they meet in December 2009 for Global Climate Change Conference. This meeting will inform official government policies to address global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol.
In the homefront, the Catholic Church leads the way. Cardinal Rosales has this to say: “My countrymen, on March 28 let us all join efforts in saving electricity and protecting the environment. Let us try not to use electricity for one hour.”
I will definitely lead my family and ask our neighbors to turn off their lights on March 28 for an hour starting at 8:30 PM. Blogger or not, one should participate in this noble undertaking by first visiting the site http://www.earthhour.org.
Besides, an hour without lights means extra savings from our electric bill. Use it also as an opportunity for family bonding and collective prayers. Never mind the hot weather. An hour of sacrifice is worth generations of life in this battered earth.
It’s a date. Participate.