Saturday, March 28, 2009


Mahatma Ghandi once said, "The earth has enough for man’s need but not for man’s greed." It is true; ours is a finite earth. However, with this thought, we - as caretakers of God's creation - are doing a very poor job of watching over the one planet that we all share. Nevertheless, it is reassuring to know that things are changing for the better. It might be helpful to realize that the earth existed before man ever stepped foot on it and that the earth can go on existing without us men... but we cannot exist without the earth.

Well, folks, this is it. I am taking a stand.

I am half an hour into my vote to save Mother Earth. As I wait in silence surrounded by darkness, I feel a sense of ease wash over me. Tonight, Filipinos and people from many other countries are turning their lights off to show that they care about the planet. There was no national or local mandate about this historical event for mankind but the people chose to Vote Earth. I am blown away by the power of strong awareness campaigns and by the word of mouth. It is just amazing how people from all over the world are coming together to support the Earth Hour movement. It is proof that many of us have, indeed, put kindness back in mankind.

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

Vote Earth. Your Light Switch is Your Vote. (2009). Retrieved March 28, 2009, from

I first knew about Earth Hour in 2008. When the time came for turning off the lights, the only people in the house then were Mama and I. I shared to her about the important message that Earth Hour is trying to convey through its goal and my own opinion on the matter. That one hour of darkness became a time of light for me and my mom. We stayed in the living room and spent 60 minutes of meaningful conversation about life in general, which we don't get to have every day.

This year, my parents are away at a conference but they did not forget about Earth Hour. In fact, Papa called an earlier to remind us to switch off the lights. :)

It is now seventeen minutes after 9:30pm yet the lights in our house are still turned off. I chose to leave it off for a few more minutes - or maybe another hour. I believe that while Earth Hour is very significant as a point of oneness with the whole world at a particular date and time, it doesn't have to just start and end on March 28, 2009 from 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening. If we strongly believe in its message, we can hold Earth Hour at least once a day, once a week or once a month. We can also help in fighting the green battle by being more aware and well informed of the many environmental issues our generation is facing today.

"Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
- Ancient Indian Proverb


  1. Very well said and I agree with your insight. The problem is that we've forgotten that this planet is the place we live and if we treat it wrong, we shall pay the price badly! I wish the leaders understand this message.

  2. As long as we continue to do our part, it won't be long until leaders realize the authority they have to create good changes in the way things are run. We should always pray for them.

    "When the last fish has been caught, the last bird has been shot, the last tree has been cut, and the last river has been polluted - only then will man realize that money cannot be eaten."

    I was searching the net and came upon this book entitled, "Earth-Wise: A Biblical Response to Environmental Issues" by Calvin B. DeWitt. Looks like a good read. :)

  3. Philippines Shines Brightest in Earth's Darkest Hour! Over 15 Million Filipinos in 647 Cities and Towns Flick the Switch. Read the article in the WWF-Philippines site by following this link -->

    Mabuhay ang mga Pinoy!


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