Earth Hour 2010

by C:F Team on 22nd March, 2010 at 8:34 AM CEST

Earth Hour - logoThis week we'd like to turn our attention to Earth Hour, an annual event during which households and businesses are encouraged to turn off non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness about climate change. Organized by WWF, Earth Hour is "a global call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future".

Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday 27 March at 8:30 PM (local time). See the official video for an overview of the event:

You can also read more about the event on the official Earth Hour website, where you can show your support by signing up for the event.

So, our question this week is: Will you be participating in Earth Hour 2010? Do you think events like this are important and can make a difference? Let us know if you have anything special planned for this year's Earth Hour!

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Alja Sulčič

Alja Sulčič

While we won't solve climate change with Earth Hour, I think events like this are extremely important for raising public awareness and making us think about how much resources we use in daily life.

I also think it's great that so many people have joined this event in the past years, and it gives me hope to see that we are able to come together on a global scale and really do something about important issues - even if it's just for an hour. But of course, this is just the beginning of what we all can and should do.

I'm certainly looking forward to this year's Earth Hour and to finding something fun to do without relying on lights and electricity. Do you have any good suggestions for me? :)

22nd March, 2010 @ 8:57 AM CEST

Chen Sin Tan

Chen Sin Tan

I think it is good to raise the awareness of people on our over-usage of earth's resource and I am 100% supportive on these kind of activity. The message needed to be send out to publics.

However I think massive switching off and on the electricity would cause big problem on the electric gridline's stability. Especially earth hour is set on 8:30 to 9:30 when the electricity demand is low. Power plants will still burn prime energy to generate electricity because no one really know how many of us are participating the event. Some power plant which is baseload like nuclear power plant cannot even totally shutdown. The excess electricity would left to be wasted if there is no enough storage facility. And that is a perfect formula for tripping the turbine generator. I would suggest the earth hour to be move to day time when the consumption is at its peak. I know earth hour is more on creating awareness to the people, but would'nt it be nice if we can create awareness and create no trouble?

I think we should also promote more on changing our habit: why take the lift to 2nd/3rd floor if we can walk? unplug or turn off the things like pc, tv, vcr when we are not using it. use energy saving product, save earth and our monthly bill.

We only have one earth. We all have a part to play.

22nd March, 2010 @ 10:02 AM CEST

Alja Sulčič

Alja Sulčič

Excellent point about the effects on the electric grid, Chen! Although I guess the effect of the message is stronger if you turn off the lights when it's dark outside rather than turn off electric appliances during the day :) Although it would certainly also be interesting to have an Earth Hour during peak hours and take an electricity-free hour during the work day...

I also find the challenge of turning off power at home for one weekend an interesting way to help the planet and think about our relationship (and dependency) on electricity: http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi ronment/green-living-blog/2010 /mar/16/power-off

And by the way - we can all find a lot of great and simple ideas on how we can Save Energy every day in our previous Quick Challenge: http://challengefuture.org/qui ck/8

22nd March, 2010 @ 10:36 AM CEST

Vallabha Rao

Vallabha Rao

Hi everyone You can light a virtual lantern to pledge your support
http://www.earthhour.org/kids/ MakeALantern.aspx

22nd March, 2010 @ 10:51 AM CEST

Maggie Peng

Maggie Peng

Woohoo, we made it to the earthhour blog!
http://earthhourblog.posterous .com/a-challenge-for-the-futur e

Btw, did anyone see a panda bear switching off the light for earth hour on the earthhour blog? I will most definitely follow the example of the adorable panda bear :)

24th March, 2010 @ 3:38 PM CEST

Maria Angela Cepero

Maria Angela Cepero

I´ll participate!!!! I lighted my virtual lantern. It is so easy we should all do it and show some support!!!

24th March, 2010 @ 8:16 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

of course .. earth hour is wel known..
we r trying so dat we can do it in our campus...
we r united... :)

25th March, 2010 @ 11:08 AM CEST

Ivonne Arguillas

Ivonne Arguillas

Well. I gather some comments from my friends and teachers..

Luckily, I found and liked one! This is from our research teacher -- MS. Julie Ann Bonsubre. She says: "I will, yah. One hour of light saving won't make much difference in our electricity consumption, but the fact that we are aware of what it signifies makes a lot of difference. Because you care, you wish to make a difference in a rather indifferent times. Saving is caring and caring is what makes humanity live within us..."

I do believe that this one is just a simple message a person wants to voice out in the world making them to be aware in our society.

Now that Earth Hour is here, I wanna give a full support to this global event even though its just one hour, still, we should not forget that earth-related activities do not last for just one hour, but we must instill this in our minds that good deeds should be done everyday in our daily lives.


26th March, 2010 @ 3:40 PM CEST

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