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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Videos and Pictures of Earth Hour 2009


Let us look at the official video of Earth Hour 2009 before moving on:

 

Now it’s time to see these:

Malaysia

– whole city center region from Hulu Langat Hill (by The Star Online)

* video showing the city of KL switching off lights into darkness especially on the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower. (Just ignore the music)
– The Star Office Building in Petaling Jaya (The Star News)
– Sub-editors working in the dark at the office of The Star Publications (Petaling Jaya)

Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC) – Kuala Lumpur.

* This video is uploaded by me from far, hence very blur, but still can see how the two buildings turned into darkness is a pattern of switching off lights from top to bottom.

* A better and clearer video here (not by me) on the Petronas Twin Towers.

* Another better video, this one showing the surrounding city region near KLCC too.

* The best video, capturing all the turning off lights event of KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers and event of turning on lights back as well. Here, u can view the skyline of Kl which had not much difference except the both landmarks mentioned earlier. View from Look Out Point at Ampang.

 

Sunway Pyramid, a gigantic famous shopping mall in Petaling Jaya.

* video belows shows the countdown of Earth Hour, switching off lights of the giant lion head on the main entrance of the mall as well as on the surrounding of the mall.

Another clearer video below showing the whole mall.

 

CapSquare, near KL Tower.

* from this video, KL Tower actually had switched off its lights earlier (hence, can’t really see the tower, but it is actually there). The whole region turned their lights off too, accompanied by a countdown.

 

Taipei, Taiwan

– video below showing the litted-up Taipei 101 (current world tallest completed building) turned into darkness exept the safety warning lights from bottom to top.

 

Hong Kong, China

– video found from youtube on view towards the famous Victoria Harbour. The whole city (world best skyline city) turns into total darkness. No more beautiful and changing lightings here, no more “Symphony of Lights”..cool!

– another video showing the time lapse when the city in darkness turned into the usual litted-up city of Hong Kong.

* Another video showing the end of Earth Hour 2009 at Tsing Ma Bridge.

 

Beijing, China

-capital city of China, host city of Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

– Beijing National Stadium (Bird Nest Stadium) switched off its light in a very rhythmic way, look at the video below.

– Video below showing mainly the Beijing National Aquatics Center (Water Cube) switching off its blue lights along with the Beijing National Stadium.

 

Sydney, Australia

– first major city to have lights out, the first city of Earth Hour. (started from year 2007)

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* Video showing the scene of Victoria Bridge and Sydney skyline in darkness.

 

Video showing Australia (Sdyney), New Zealand and Fiji (Oceania) in Earth Hour.

 

Chicago, USA

– video showing an area of Chicago in darkness.

 

Las Vegas, USA

– video below shows the Las Vegas Strip switched off lights for Earth Hour 2009. (video taken from top of Stratosphere)

 

Toronto, Canada

a video showing the diffence between the usual scene of Toronto skyline with the scene of buildings all in darkness, video taken from CN Tower.

 

Montreal, Canada

– scene showing the skyline of Montreal in darkness during Earth Hour 2009.

 

Singapore

– view on the skyline of Singapore which is hardly to be seen during Earth Hour 2009. (all dark)

* the video below showing JJ Lin, a singer had his concert right on 28th March at night, so he demanded to switch off the concert lights for a minute (one hour is impossible for the concert). Quite good habit from him, keep it up.

 

New York City, USA

– the video showing the city and bridge in New York City, explained by a girl on which part of the city is. (whole city in darkness)

* Another video below showing the Empire State Building, Times Square (signboards) and buildings around it turned into darkness for Earth Hour 2009. In the end, all the lights are switched on back.

 

San Francisco, USA

– video below showing how the famous Golden Gate Bridge switched off its lights.

 

Kuwait

– video showing Kuwait Towers switching off its bright lights.

 

Europe

– video showing many countries in Europe participating in the event by switching off lights, especially the famous Eiffel Tower, Paris.

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

– video on the Christ, the Redeemer statue from far turning off its lights.

 

Greece

– video on the famous Rio Antirio bridge switching off its lights.

– video showing Parthenon and Acropolis in Athens from far turned into darkness for Earth Hour 2009.

 

London, England

– video below shows the Big Ben turned off its light and the London Eye had not turned off its lights yet.

 

* Video showing Chicago (famous buildings), New York (Empire State Building), Paris (Eiffel Tower), Athens (Parthenon and Acropolis), Rome (Colloseum) switching off lights in support of Earth Hour 2009.

 

News – Sydney (Victoria Bridge), Beijing (Olympic Green), Phillipines.

 

Cape Town, South Africa

 

Calgary, Alberta

– video showing part of the skyline in darkness as explained by the man in the video. Some buildings still have their lights on, that’s disappointing.

 

Auckland, New Zealand

– video showing how the Auckland Sky Tower switches off its lights.

 

Sau Paulo, Brazil

– just ignore the shouts in the video, they just too excited and shouted to other people to turn off their lights, showing some support too! At the end, u can still see the difference in the city after lights are off.

 

 Nashville

– video showing the skyline of Nasville turning into darkness for Earth Hour. Some street lights have also been turned off.

Waikato

– hot air balloons over Waikato night glow in commemorating the global event: Earth Hour 2009.

 

 More videos from Youtube, check them out from there!!!====

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Message from the author…Earth Hour 2009


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OFFICIAL MESSAGE ON EARTH HOUR 2009

 

A very good night I would like to wish to all my blog’s readers and to the other people involved in witnessing a historical and yet astonishing day, not a day, only in an hour. The one hour might be short, but it conveys a great message not only to you but to everyone living in the Earth regardless of colours, races, religions or even way of lives.

 

 

     Everyone here will surely know what I am talking about. Right here, today, dated 28th of March, year 2009, is not an ordinary day. By 8.30pm at night, all of us will be switching off lights, the unnecessary lights that we have always switched them on everyday. Let us just switch them off for just an hour, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm tonight to show our cooperation in caring for the Earth seriously.

 

 

     Honestly, the occasion which lasted just for an hour every year is definitely not enough. This occasion is organized just to inform formally to everyone in the world to turn off their lights in an hour to show care for the world and to increase awareness on the issue of global warming. An hour can’t do much, but if everyone in the world did the same in that only hour, the impact is obviously great.

 

 

    Actions on taking care of the fragile environment and the mother nature need to be done seriously by now. It is a very long term process and it has no finishing dateline. It is continuous and needed to be continuous till future for the benefit for our mankind and our future generations. Let us do something now before it is too late to save the world and before the earth is not suitable anymore for people to live in.

 

 

     Many researches have been conducted on the Earth itself. The results are not satisfying and the Earth can’t support the damage that has been done by us in previous years. The Earth can’t bear the pollution created by us just for the sake of wealth and economy. This is wrong, absolutely wrong. If we do not cooperate and take actions now, we will be facing something serious like what is being portrayed in the movie ‘The Day After Tomorrow’. This is no joke, some disasters like this can happen to us out of nowhere in sudden if we do not care for the environment.

 

 

    Economy and developments should not be forgotten, and same goes to environmental care too. The environment needs our attention, the nature needs our love. We want our grandchildren to have the opportunities to take a look at beautiful Grand Canyon, to take a look at the beautiful tropical forests, to take a look at the amazing Great Barrier Coral Reef. We do not want more species of animals or plants to extinct, we want to bring them on to the future with us, as we are all the same, living in the same planet, our Earth.

 

 

    Do not think what the Earth can give to you, tries to think wisely what you can contribute for the Earth who keeps us right here, till today. The amazing civilizations of people, historical legends, born of the first human, all comes from here, the Earth. Here is our place, and there is no reason why we should abandoned the need to take care of the Earth, of the place we are standing right now, the land as well as the ocean, the hill as well as the river. Do not forget about them.

 

 

    It is a major concern that the global warming is increasing tremendously all around the world. Polar ice melting, extinction of rare species, rising temperatures, all these rates are getting faster in every second. All of us have to do something right now and forever to keep the world a better place for us to live. Do we want our land to be flooded, do we want our ice-cream to be melted so quick, do we want our lovely animals to extinct, do we want this kind of consequences? Do we want to die right by our own hands, I supposed in indirect ways, but anyway, it is still caused by our selfish actions towards the environment.

 

 

    The one hour for tonight is totally insufficient. In that one hour, there is not much great effect that can be seen in appreciating the Earth. However, just a simple work to do by every people on this Earth everyday is sufficient enough to keep the Earth as beautiful as possible. Recycling, reusing and saving materials are good habits to be practiced on by everyone, as these habits are very simple to be done. A small action can lead to a great effect, remembers that. Be responsible, one of the main responsibilities of human is to take care of the environment. 

 

     Many of the people will gather outdoor in enjoying the global event. This is not a common event, not a common sighting, and not a common turning off lights event. It is not merely a turning off lights event. It is a global event with more than two thousand cities all around the world participating in Earth Hour 2009 to support the main message of the event; which is to appreciate and take care of our Earth.

 

    The Earth is not mine, it is not only yours, it is everybody. Everyone including me, myself have to do my part to save the world from further destruction by our own hands. Let us say stop to further damage to the mother nature. Let us say no to any harmful activities related to the environment. This is not worth it, totally a great sin for damaging the environment, honestly to be said here.

 

    From 8.30pm to 9.30pm today, all unnecessary lights will be turned off mainly in the city region except for the safety and traffic lights for safety purpose. However, it will be very dark during the one hour too. Hence, everybody have to pay attention to your belongings, to your safety and to your family, friends or even to the unknowns. We are here, all united, together to support the day, to support the Earth. What more can we care rather than the Earth?!

 

    Later at night, cities around the world will turn off its lights from buildings to buildings, from areas to areas. The event will be recorded and broadcasted all around the world to show that the world is very keen in supporting the event which is first organized by Sydney, Australia in year 2007. Everybody have to be just excited and stay tuned and never let your eyes out of these cities.Normal residents can give their support by switching off their lights in houses too, but remember, thinks of your safety too.

 

   Turning off lights for an hour around the world will help to save a lot of energy and reduce a lot of carbon emission which is harmful to the environment. Imagine if we did this for every hour, which is quite impossible. Tonight, after all lights are out, like a serious blackout, people can have some time to light up their candles around here and enjoy the romantic scene with us under the brightly sky with stars and moon, unless if rains occur.

 

    People have seen this event lightly, they ignored it, they forget about it, and some do not even know about it. This is totally disappointing. This is not a small event, this is an international event, just as important as Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup or any others. Can’t we put some time to commemorate the event, for only an hour? Time is precious, but the Earth is far more precious than the time. We have ample of time for other things, but we have only one livable and comfortable planet, only the Earth.

 

     Everybody have to be united, together, for the event and for the continuous effort in caring for the environment. A great thanks I would like to wish to some organizers who made a lot of efforts in promoting this global event, taking care of the environment and organizing the great event for all to take part, for all to contribute, for the benefits of all. Thanks again, especially to the WWF.

 

     This is a great idea of switching off lights, a very creative idea, in showing our love to the Earth. Everybody have to continue their support for the event , not only for this year, but for the upcoming years too. This event will be getting bigger, gaining more support from cities around the world. The target of 1000 cities participating had been achieved with tremendous result, thanks to the advertisement by everyone who are involved.

 

    Participating in this global event, my home city, Kuala Lumpur is very fortunate to show the love to the Earth through this global event. Never to be forgotten, today will be one of the most memorable day for all, including me, myself as well. There are many other ways in showing your love and care towards the environment, do it and making it as a good habits for the better of the future.

 

     Having no words to say anymore since I have given a long message now that made all of the people here bored, I would like to conclude my words now. However, before I would like to end my message, remember, we live in the Earth, we are breathing in air from the Earth, we are using resources from the Earth, why can’t we just sit down and think wisely on how to protect the Earth and do something about it. Be a responsible person, in saving the world, the nature, the environment and the Earth!

 

To check on the official website, go to www.earthhour.org

 

Anyway, for now, what you have to do first, as the first step, is to switch off your lights no matter where you are on 28th March 2009 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm!

 

Support Earth Hour 2009!

 

Sincerely,

 

Vincent Loy

(The Administrator)

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Detail of Earth Hour 2009 in Malaysia…


Earth Hour 2009 is just around the corner..it will be on this Saturday, 28th of March 2009…from 8.30pm to 9.30pm when cities from around the world will switch off their lights in an hour…

the global event first started in year 2007  in one city, Sydney, Australia. In year 2008, there are 400 cities in 35 countries participating the event, turning it into a global and international event…

In year 2009, it will be far more greater than the previous ones…there will be over 2800 cities from 82 countries from all around the world participating and giving their full support to the event…exceeding the target of 1000 cities (exceeded of over double, almost triple, great result)

For Malaysia, there will be few cities that will switch off their lights, mainly Kuala Lumpur (capital city), Penang Island, Putrajaya (administrative city), Malacca and others…

Famous landmarks in Malaysia will be in the dark on that night in an hour such as Petronas Twin Towers (one of seven wonders of Asia, world tallest twin buildings), Kuala Lumpur Tower (world fifth tallest telecommunication tower), Independence Square, National Monument, Prime Minister Office, Penang Bridge, Sunway region, and many others..

Other famous landmarks from all around the world to be in dark will be Empire State Building, Great Pyramids of Giza, Golden Gate Bridge, Acropolis, Beijing National Stadium (Bird Nest Stadium) and many others…

Major cities participating are New York, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Sydney, Bangkok, Jakarta, Mumbai, Delhi, Paris, Cape Town, Tokyo, Toronto, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico, Las Vegas, Athens, Shanghai, Singapore, Los Angeles, Dubai, and many others…

Support the event if u wished too by switching off the unnecessary lights at your home on 28th of March 2009, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm, local time.

Then, check out how Kuala Lumpur turns into darkness on that night..honestly, Kuala Lumpur does not have many lights turned on at night everyday, anyway, there is something unusual to see also as the lighted up Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower will switch off their extreme lights too…

What I am desperate is to see how Hong Kong turned off all its beautiful lights in its city skyline at night…it is the best skyline city in the world..the lights there are amazing, colourful and changing neon lightings and lasers really amazed everyone…on that night, we won’t be seeing this as the city goes to darkness and the Symphony of Light show in the city everyday will be cancelled specially for the Earth Hour.

[UPDATED] – 26/03/2009

Rehearsal had been held on the Beijing National Stadium (Bird Nest Stadium) on its light-switching pattern. Check out the video on the official webaite, www.earthhour.org. For checking into Earth Hour Malaysia, go to www.earthhour.org/malaysia.

Support Earth Hour! Eventhough it is just for an hour which sounds not influencing, but if that one hour, everybody is doing the same, switching off lights, then there will be a really great impact! Think…