Sunday, March 9, 2008

Earth Hour on March 29th

My boss encouraged me to participate in this. I have been educating myself lately with global warming so I am making a decision to participate in Earth Hour 2008.

The e-mail that has been circulating here in the Philippines says:

On 29 March 2008 the Philippines will join countries around the world as we literally "turn the lights out" for Earth Hour - an event that will fuel awareness on climate change and prove that when the people of the world work together, they can make a difference in the fight against global warming.

Earth Hour will take place throughout the Philippines from 8 to 9 pm on Sat, 29 Mar. 2008. WWF invites you to participate by shutting off lights for 60 minutes, organizing your own "lights-out" event or by forwarding this mail to your friends, workmates and family.

Launched in Australia on the 31st of March 2007, Earth Hour moved 2.2 million people and 2100 businesses in Sydney to turn off their lights for one hour. This massive collective effort reduced the city's energy consumption by 10.2% for one hour. With Sydney icons like the Harbour Bridge and Opera House turning their lights off and unique events such as weddings by candlelight, the world took notice. Inspired by the collective effort of millions of Sydneysiders, many major global cities are joining Earth Hour in 2008, turning a symbolic event into a global movement.

Today's buildings account for:
12% of world's water use
40% of world's greenhouse gas emissions
65% of world's waste output
70% of world's electricity consumption

Green Buildings save:
30% in energy
35% in CO2 emissions
30–50% in water use
50–90% in waste costts

YOUR participation will go a long way in spreading the message that we, as individual droplets working collectively – can create an impetus far more powwerful than the mightiest of rivers.

If you want to learn more about how else you can help make Earth Hour in the Philippines a success, drop us a line at (632) 920-7931, (632) 920-7923, or (632)920-7926.

If you are curious about this and need to know more, please go to Earth Hour's website.

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