UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS

Earth Hour 2010
Article written by: C2Lt Geline Joyce U Vargas, 3Cl
27 March 2010 at 2300H

Earth Hour 2010Earth Hour is a global event organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature, also known as World Wildlife Fund) and is held annually on the last Saturday of March. It first started in 2007 when 2.2 million residents of Sydney Australia turned-off their lights for one hour. It received negative reviews due to the fact that the event saves so little energy. But for the next two years, this event garnered positive reviews. It was found that over millions of people around the globe were estimated to have joined in the hour-long lights off. Here in the Philippines, over 15 million Filipinos joined the event and an amount of 611MWh of electricity was saved during the time period which is said to be equivalent to shutting down a dozen coal-fired power plants for an hour.

Earth hour continued due to the fact that it is started not to reduce energy consumption, but to raise awareness about climate change issues. One of the event organizers stated “The main goal of Earth Hour is to express that individual action on a mass scale can help change our planet for the better.”

For over three years already, Earth hour has been the biggest global awareness campaign for the conservation of our resources and protecting Mother Earth. This year it was held last March 27, 2010. The world celebrated earth hour from 2030H until 2130H. In line with this event, the UP Corps of Cadets turned off all lights of Granadillos Hall or the Cadet Officers Barracks for one hour and enjoyed an outdoor evening party under the moonlight.

Joining Earth hour just proves one virtue of the Corps, unity, is effective in changing the world.

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