Earth Hour 2012 this March 31 at 8:30pm - join the global switched off event

This March 31, 2012 at 8:30pm-9:30pm, the world will participate and observe the annual Earth Hour switch off, this global activity is an eye opener for other people who are not yet aware about the Earth Hour, this also serves a reminder that the planet we live in should be take care of and also help preserve the last remaining natural resources that keep us a live. The switch off of electricity for an hour can help a city, a community, a country and the world just to reduce the emission of light pollution and other Earth killer substance.

Your participation is important and hope that after this Earth Hour,let us practice in saving energy, recycle materials, and prevent creating more carbon foot print.

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Here are some info about Earth Hour

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1. Earth Hour started as an idea and it was initiated by one city in Sydney, Australia back in 2007 of March 31. 2.2 million people joined the one hour switched off and the result is that the one hour switched off is equivalent to removing 48,613 cars off in the roads of Sydney for one hour.

2. Earth Hour started to be global movement in the year 2008, Philippines was the first South East Asian nation to join and pledge full support for Earth Hour. Total power saved was amount to 80MWh, an equivalent of shutting down a coal fired power plant for one hour.

3. In 2009, Philippines became the top Earth Hour country with 647 town and cities that joined. 10 million Filipinos joined the one hour switched off and it save at least 611 megawatt of electricity, equivalent to a temporary shutdown of a dozen coal fired power plants.

4. In 2010, Philippines got the title once more for having the top Earth Hour country, 1076 towns and cities participated.

5. In 2011, 1661 cities and municipalities joined the Earth Hour and once more, the Philippines got the title for being the top Earth Hour country, and now called as the official Earth Hour Hero Country.

6. Earth Hour grown to a 5251 strong global movement,reaching 1.8 billion people in 135 countries.

And here are the highlights of Earth Hour 2012

1. Earth Hour now includes Space! The global switched off now widely observed through out the world, but this year the International Space Station will also join in the Earth Hour, thanks to the Earth Hour Astronaut-Ambassador Andre Kuipers for the initiative to join and also he will stand visil over us here in Earth and he will document everything in photos and live commentary.

2. Philippine Earth Hour switched off ceremonies will happen in three city here in the Philippines, - in Makati City, Cebu City and Davao City, other towns and cities will also join and this will be a sync switched off of electricity for one hour. Makati City will have their own switched off event at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, event will start at 6:30pm.

3. Earth Hour co-founder Andy Ridely will be here in the country to join the switched off ceremony, he will be in MAkati City to lead the grand switched off globally. Our local WWF ambassadors will be there also, Rovilson Fernandez will be the host for Makati, Marc Nelson will be the host for Cebu.

4. Caracol dancers, glow in the dark dancers Bailes de Luces, El Gamma Penumbra, Bridaga are one of the top performers for Makati. In Cebu City Plaza Independencia performers will be our Sinulog dancers, and then in SM City Davao our performers will be black light and fire dancers. Thanks to participating group that help these events be possible - Ayala Land, Makati City Government, Aboitiz Group, Cebu City Govt., SM Supermalls, Green Alliance and Davao City Govt.

5. , “We’re extremely excited for this year’s switch-off ceremonies. Though the Visayas and Mindanao have always observed their own unique switch-off ceremonies, WWF has traditionally celebrated Earth Hour from Manila. To commemorate our country’s fifth Earth Hour, we thought it high time for WWF to observe the movement across the archipelago - which has always been what we’ve aimed for.” - Earth Hour Philippines National Director Atty. Gia Ibay

6. How you can help? its easy to join the Earth Hour, but we need more help in spreading the awareness and you can help by using your Facebook and Twitter. Just post a challenge and your sacrifice just to help our mother Earth and also remind everyone that on March 31 is the Earth Hour day.

The "I will if You Will" spreads recently online, and I can tell because after I posted some challenge and offered a sacrifice, many online readers googled and visited some of my Earth Hour blog post.

All you need to do is post like this:
"I will not eat rice for a week if my friend Myke Soon stops using plastic bag for a day, Let us support #EarthHour #WWFPhilippines

and from other countries, celebrities are now joining in this "I will if you will", take a look on Miranda Kerr's video below.

So are you ready for Earth Hour 2012 ? Mark it now in your calendar - March 31, 2012...turn off all lights starting 8:30pm to 9:30pm.