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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 Jenny Tuazon

From Solar Generation – Pilipinas

I always value every single thing about the planet.  From throwing trash in the trash cans to being an advocate of anti-climate change.  I was given the chance to witness last year’s earth hour.  As far as I can remember, I was in a restaurant with a close friend talking about it and looking forward to total darkness.  And before we finally went home, the lights were out.  It was an amazing experience to have been a part of a worldwide event.  And this year, I was also a part of it.

Though I’m not familiar with places here in Manila I really tried my best to find the place where Greenpeace and Solar Generation Pilipinas were based during the event.  I honestly got lost along the way and was even late for the call time but managed to find Malate Church, and was able to participate in the organization’s activity and in the earth hour itself.  The moment I arrived, the first thing that I noticed were the people busy doing and preparing for the event.  I was also awed by the preparations made by the parish headed by Fr. John Leydon.  The Greenpeace organization also did their part by installing solar energy panels as demonstration that was used during the earth hour.  In the event I met other Greenpeace and Solar Generation Pilipinas’ other members who were also active in making the event successful.  An hour after I arrived, all of us witnessed earth hour. Continue reading



The deafening sound of urgency by Chuck Baclagon

An environmental activists displays a banner that reads: "Climate Action Now!"

I  felt my heart beating faster than usual as I clapped along to 2 sheer minutes of booming beats that reminded of the loud noise that led to the crumbling of the walls of Jericho in the Biblical narrative. This morning we along with other groups and individuals sounded the alarm for climate action as part of the activities that are a part of the December 12 Global Day of Action on Climate Change.

December 12th 2009 activists, and concerned citizens of the world held global actions to highlight the urgency of climate action  at the time of the United Nations Talks on climate change (COP15/MOP5) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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You can never get tired of watching elephants taking a shower…. by Chuck Baclagon

Greenpeace-ChangeCaravan-17Sep09-05-webElephants can suck up to 14 liters of water at a time.  Just imagine how much water a large creature such as the elephant needs.

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Countdown by Chuck Baclagon
Some 70 bikers from the Makati City LGU and from the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA)-member organizations before the 90 Days To Copenhagen Bike Tour.

Some 70 bikers from the Makati City LGU and from the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA)-member organizations before the 90 Days To Copenhagen Bike Tour.

We all have the tendency to do countdowns.

I remember when I was younger that I used to countdown the days of the week as it passes down towards the weekends. I’m pretty sure that I am not alone with this habit when I was a kid as I remember having classmates who did the same thing back then. But that doesn’t stop there, I counted down many things  – the days remaining before my next birthday, before I finish 3rd grade, before I graduate from high school, the number of days before Christmas, the list just goes on and on.

Perhaps it is because a lot of us like the adrenalin rush, of cramming things to meet a given deadline. Perhaps it’s because we’re all deep down complacent and we need to be reminded that there are things that we need to take action on NOW, because tomorrow may be too late.
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