Off your lights tonight for Earth Hour 2013


Reminder to all; Kindly turn off all your non-essential lights for one hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm tonight on 23rd March 2013 in support for the Earth Hour movement. Let us be part of the millions around the world to join this global event to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. More than 7000 cities and towns in over 150 countries took part in this year’s Earth Hour, an annual event that started out in 2007 at Sydney, Australia.

My country, Malaysia joined this event back in 2009, and this will be the country’s fourth time joining the worldwide community in the Earth Hour campaign. Many famous places particularly in the capital city, Kuala Lumpur would switch off lights for one hour that includes the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Tower that are usually brightly lit at night. Many other functions would also be held tonight at malls and streets in similar support to this movement. If you are free, why not take part into those fun and symbolic activities besides than just turning off lights for one hour. Earth Hour definitely means more than ‘off lights for an hour’.

The City of Vancouver stood out of 66 cities and was awarded Global Earth Hour Capital 2013 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on last Tuesday for its efforts to address climate change. The award was set up with an aim to mobilize action and support from cities in the global transition towards a climate-friendly future. Vancouver can now serve as a role model for how cities can engage residents in these efforts, thereby accelerating the transition towards low carbon development. My city, Kuala Lumpur has to learn from it then to make the city a much environmental-friendly urban area.

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(Image source: http://www.insidevancouver.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/earth-hour2.jpg)

KL is famous for traffic congestion. The public transportation system in KL can be considered not satisfying. Cars are everywhere filling up the roads while bicycles are not much to be seen. This is not good. We should practice car pooling, using bicycles instead of motorcars (healthy and save money on petrol too), using public transport more if convenient, etc. On larger scale, we should prevent anymore serious deforestation while thinking of other initiative to keep the city growing in nature-friendly way. More ‘green’ or sustainable buildings should be designed to minimize their impacts to the environment. That’s how my profession in architecture does play a role in saving the environment too. Same goes to you in any other fields or professions.

We all can contribute to care for the Earth eventhough it’s in little amount. Switching off lights for an hour tonight would be a simple step, but that carries on a bigger meaning and symbol if it is carried out in unity from all of us. That’s Earth Hour real objective. Stay united to protect the planet. Let us all participate and gives our full support to Earth Hour every year. It’s a good movement that reaches such a wide appeal in recent years. Let us be part of this meaningful event. Turn off your lights for one hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm (according to own local time) tonight on 23rd March 2013 for Earth Hour. Even when you are not free tonight, do it too, it’s just a simple step.

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(Image source: http://www.theenvironmentalblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/EH2013_Event-Post_A4-Landscape_EH-logo-only-619×450.jpg)

(Information in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

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