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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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Earth Hour by Chuck Baclagon
March 29, 2009, 10:22 am
Filed under: Stop climate change | Tags: , , ,

I was reminded of an event that Greenpeace once did in Iloilo as I stood motionless at a solemn covenant signing ceremony in Baguio People’s Park.

There we stood quiet in the dark. We lit candles and sang John Lennon’s Imagine.

We were with a collective of eco-warriors, participating in the yearly Earth Hour. An annual event that aims on calling people to VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour.

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