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The Philippines was the “darkest country in the world” last Saturday night

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Here’s another feel-good reason why you should be proud to be a Filipino…

RP breaks Earth Hour world record

For the second consecutive year, the Philippines broke the Earth Hour world record in terms of participation, with 1,076 towns and cities joining the 60-minute light off to save Mother Earth Saturday night.

The country was literally engulfed in darkness from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday to send a signal around the globe that the Philippines is in harmony to save Mother Earth from the effects of climate change. Last year, the Philippines also placed first in terms of town and city participation in the world, with over 10 million Filipinos participating in the activity in 647 towns and cities nationwide.

Event organizer Earth Hour Philippines, composed of the World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines, Department of Energy, Switch Movement, and Green Army Network, exceeded its goal of 1,000 towns and cities for the Earth Hour 2010.

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Earth Hour, however, should not be conducted only once a year. Here’s hoping that we do this everyday. Each and every individual should be an environmentalist regardless of his/her creed, race, political bent, or social standing. As trite as this may sound, this stance towards nature is for the sake of our children and our children’s children and so on and so forth.

Remember: time is not always on our side. Just take note of that small islet which disappeared just a few days ago due to rising sea levels caused by global warming. Albeit its very small size (its area covers only 7 square kilometres to 14 square kilometres!) and inability to sustain permanent residency to humans, it has been comically disputed by both India and Bangladesh for almost three decades. And what their dispute could not achieve was resolved by global warming. If it happened to that islet, of course it could happen to any other island as well. Thus, our archipelagic nature is in grave danger because our country has several small islets that could sink anytime as long as sea levels continue to rise. And no politician, not even Noynoy, Erap, or Villar, can save us.

This is scary stuff. And may this islet which sank a few days ago finally resolve the debate regarding global warming / climate change. It is because some sectors believe this phenomenon is caused by mankind’s massive consumption of fossil fuels. Some sectors believe that human activities do not contribute to it, i.e., climate change is something “natural”, thus inevitable. Whatever the reasons and arguments, there is still need to protect the environment. And last Saturday’s successful Earth Hour confirmed the Filipinos’ deep concern about this global threat.

So to all Filipino participants in the worldwide Earth Hour which took place last Saturday night, take a huge environmental bow! Continue this love for Mother Nature! =)


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