March 31, 2012. From 8:30 to 9:30 PM, millions of Filipinos in more than 2000 cities and towns will join the world in celebrating Earth Hour (EH). In solidarity with fellow Filipinos and fellow citizens of the world, I, too, will “rest from using electricity” (to use Manila Archbishop Luis Tagle’s words) on Earth Hour, during which I will also pray for the world.
While checking out other I-Will-If-You-Will pledges on the Web, I came across the following interesting facts about Earth Hour/Earth Hour Philippines.
The Philippines was the first Southeast Asian nation to pledge support for EH in 2008, with over 50 local towns and cities participating. (Source: Philippine Information Agency)
The Philippines ranked number one globally in terms of town and city participation in EH for three consecutive years (2009, 2010, 2011). (Source: Business World)
In 2009, 647 Philippine towns and cities participated in EH. This figure rose to 1076 in 2010, and 1661 in 2011. (Source: Philippine Information Agency)
Because of this, EH Founder and Executive Director Andy Ridley will celebrate EH 2012 in the Philippines. (Source: Philippine Information Agency)
Sen. Manuel Lapid Jr. has filed Senate Bill 3159 involving the nationwide observance of EH on the last Saturday of each month. (Source: Philippine Star)
Manila Archbishop Luis Tagle had this to say about EH over Radyo Veritas: “We will rest from using electricity so that we can give nature a little rest… Let us show the Lord our hope, humility, and care for the environment.” (Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad said: “We will no longer observe Earth Hour since the power is always out (in our area). It’s as if it’s always Earth Hour.” (Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Some have criticized EH for sending the message that energy change is about voluntary individual changes when what is needed is public policy.