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Earth Hour and the value of symbols in catalyzing action against climate change by Chuck Baclagon

A group of parishioners in traditional dresses join the celebration of the Earth Hour program in Malate Church, together with the volunteers from the community and the environment group Greenpeace.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

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Solar Generation helps me make a difference by itchywitch

From Solar Generation-Pilipinas

Solar GenerationAt nine o’clock in the morning my phone rang. It was Krissie, a journalist who had been contacting me all the way from Australia. She had a radio show and she wanted to interview me. INTERVIEW. ME. Me of all people! All the way from Australia she called me in the Philippines.

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Share your Typhoon Ondoy story by Chuck Baclagon


We’d like to hear your stories …

  • 6:46 AM murasaki – let’s help one another for the cause of our world [:
  • 6:46 AM murasaki – let’s help one another for the cause of our world [:
  • 5:05 AM Riczzyab – I think God really did this. To let us realize that WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF OUR PLANET, NOW. Before it’s too late. 🙂
  • 9:40 AM tet – due to typhoon Ondoy, we were stranded in City of San Fernando, Pampanga.. It was a horrible disaster we’d experienced. It killed so many lives.
  • 11:31 AM Gli – the govt said the weather pattern is weird this year and last. i don’t know if they live under a rock. anyway, here are some photos i took this morning:
  • 10:04 AM tin – floodwater on the main ave. of greenwoods, pasig has not yet subsided since saturday.
  • 9:47 AM Abi – Frustrating. As i was in Bangkok when I learned about it. I was getting an hourly update from family that the water was rising so fast. 6 feet in our 1st floor in a couple of hours. I’m just glad my family’s safe.
  • 9:20 AM chuck –
  • 9:20 AM chuck – here’s our story
  • 9:20 AM chuck – We’d like to hear your stories put them here =)

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Ondoy by Chuck Baclagon

a photo of our house

a photo of our house surrounded by floodwater

Note: I was supposed to publish this yesterday but the power in our area went out and was not able to get back until this morning, but I was not able to get online due to the many things that needs to be fixed and cleaned here at home. What’s written in this account is but a minor thing compared to the extent and degree of damage that was done by the floods in other places. People who’re willing to share their stories are more than welcomed to share theirs by commenting on this post with their personal account of the floods.

The term ‘most vulnerable and least prepared’ comes into mind as we experienced  48 hours of heavy precipitation. Although I must say that I should consider our family one of the lucky ones…
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