Posted on: Mar 28, 2008
Turn off all your lights for one hour.
Be part of Earth Hour movement and join Singapore, Manila, Melbourne, Toronto, Chicago, Copenhagen, Brisbane, and Tel Aviv. Since the beginning of 2008, we've had almost 89 days or 2131 hours of electricity --- from using TVs, computers, radios, mp3 players and mobile phones. So why not for just one hour, turn off your lights?
According to some studies, rising sea levels will have major impact on Singapore because it's a small low-lying island. Its highest point is Bukit Timah hill which is just 165 meters above sea level. Most of the business-end of Singapore - its airport, its business district and, of course, its busy container ports, are placed less than two meters above sea level. Coastal areas in the Philippines already sank by 15 centimeters in just 29 years. Every year, waters around the archipelago is constantly rising.
Fossil fuel, found within the top layer of the earth’s crust, is the one of the major ingredients for generating electricity. Burning fossil fuel is the leading cause of increase carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere. Excessive carbon dioxide results to global warming because CO2 absorbs sun's infrared. Global warming has rapidly melted parts of the Antarctic ice and resulted to increase sea levels.
Thus, the more we consume electricity, the more global warming destroys the land we live in.
In 2007's Earth Hour, Australia saw a 10% reduction in use of its power grid. In CO2 terms, that's the equivalent of taking 50,000 cars off the road for an hour!
So please for one hour, contribute to stop global warming.
The following links will take you to sites about Earth hour:
- Earth Hour commercial narrated by Jeremy Priven: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_c5K7Jdw9E
- In Singapore: http://www.panda.org/about_wwf/where_we_work/asia_pacific/where/singapore/index.cfm
- In Manila: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/news/view/20080317-125163/Join-worldwide-lights-out-Filipinos-urged
- Be a part of the solution, all day, every day check out http://www.earthhour.org/earth-hour-every-day/at-home