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Friday, March 28, 2008

the night the lights went out

perhaps you've heard about earth day, which is held every year on april 22nd (there will be events held around the world on or around that date; i'll be posting the LA-based events just as soon as i get them compiled).

but how about earth hour? here's some background information from the earth hour - north america website about the worldwide event that will happen this saturday, march 29th (that's tomorrow!):

On March 29, 2008 at 8 p.m., join millions of people around the world in making a statement about climate change by turning off your lights for Earth Hour, an event created by the World Wildlife Fund.

Earth Hour was created by WWF in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and in one year has grown from an event in one city to a global movement.

We invite everyone throughout North America and around the world to turn off the lights for an hour starting at 8 p.m. (your own local time) – whether at home or at work, with friends and family or solo, in a big city or a small town.

Join people all around the world in showing that you care about our planet and want to play a part in helping to fight climate change.

One hour, America. Earth Hour. Turn out for Earth Hour!

according to the website, many US cities will be participating in this event, including atlanta, chicago, phoenix and san francisco. but how about los angeles? not a peep. i've checked the LA blogosphere... LAist... LA metblogs... and they can't find anything, either. makes you wonder who's turn it was to keep track of these things :(

even the citizens of manila (yes, my kababayan!) have jumped on the bandwagon. here's what they said they'll do:

On March 29, 2008, from 8:00pm to 9:00pm, the entire stretch of Roxas Boulevard which spans three (3) cities will join the rest of the world for Earth Hour—an event that will create awareness on climate change and prove that people around the world working together can make a difference in the growing fight against global warming.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines’ fountain area will provide the backdrop for a countdown event where Philippine Earth Hour Ambassadors will come together with local press for a symbolic “switch off”.

Even SM Mall of Asia, the world’s third largest mall, will shut down their lights for Earth Hour.

Similarly, Makati City will be turning their lights off along Buendia, Kalayaan, JP Rizal and Ayala Avenue.
(ed. note: these are fairly busy thoroughfares, so hailing a bus or a jeepney could be difficult in the dark!)

All around the metro, HSBC, Intel, Canon, Coke, Jollibee, Greenwich, and Chowking will be participating in Earth Hour by turning off the lights from their billboards and signages.

maybe this will shame los angeles into doing something next year...

anyway, for those of you here in LA, i'm sure you can think of all kinds of things you'd like to do in the dark... and whatever you end up doing this saturday night, just remember why you turned off the lights in the first place :)


Blogger Michael Hoag said...

Participating in Earth Hour has been great for me and my Ladythang.

We've been going earth hour every night since.

Seriously, shutting down the gadgets and lighting up the candles has been a great a reminder to take back our lives from the internets.

7:33 PM  
Blogger joni said...

if there's a mini-baby boom nine months from now, we'll know what everyone was doing during that hour of darkness!

9:29 PM  

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