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What Earth Hour Means, To ME

The world goes dark on the 26th of March 2011, a event that has been going on for a few years now to raise awareness about the pressing issue of climate change. This is the 3rd time Malaysia is participating in this global movement and hopefully more and more Malaysians are going to pledge their support to this cause which i consider very important.

There is a huge misconception though about the Earth Hour concept itself, normally from those who dont do anything about the issues but provide their kind commentary. Now what is Earth Hour?

Its a symbolic event to call the masses to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness of climate change and to call for everyone to take this to their daily lives to go Beyond Earth Hour

This is something i toke from WWF-Malaysia‘s Earth Hour site :

WWF-Malaysia hopes that Malaysians will join the global community this Earth Hour to take action that goes beyond the hour. It is easy to “Live Green: One switch at a time”, and the more people who make this pledge, the more powerful our efforts to protect our living planet become,” said WWF-Malaysia Executive Director/CEO Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma

WWF-Malaysia hopes that Malaysians will join the global community this Earth Hour to take action that goes beyond the hour. It is easy to “Live Green: One switch at a time”, and the more people who make this pledge, the more powerful our efforts to protect our living planet become,” said WWF-Malaysia Executive Director/CEO Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma

The call is pretty clear for me, its to raise awareness of the issue and to get more and more aware people who then take their discoveries to their daily lives. I read many different opinions about what people think others should do, how the events and festivities is hypocrisy ..etc etc but really, have do these people know of a better way of educating people of the issues?

Time for some stats :

2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses
2008 Globally 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating
2009 Hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries/territories
2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action

So what other event have YOU seen that draws such numbers? So which means Earth Hour has touched that many lives, Earth Hour has if not educated YET, made a large chuck of us earthlings aware of the cause.This is fantastic in my opinion, its now our responsibility to do our parts and make the little changes to our lives and make it lifestyle!

How much can a NGO do honestly? Its not like the government funds support the great work the NGO’s do anyway isnt it? The good thing is more and more companies, communities, groups,governments and individuals are advocating for us to live a green life and some even imposing that  we do, i support them!

We conviniently forget the kind of damage that we are inflicting on our planet and i sure dont want to see us, our children or even our grandchildren becoming the victims of our greed and ignorance.

So i say take part in the event, while your at it make some like minded friends! Learn as much as you can of the issues and try to make the little changes that can go a long way.

Happy Earth Hour my dear friends!