Everyone's been talking about global warming, pollutions, disasters, and sickness lately. All these are caused by us ourselves and exactly how many people will stand up and do their part to stop all these? Ordinary citizens who actually care will do their part, big or small, in helping to reduce pollution and global warming by recycling, use less plastic bags, or perhaps, plant more greens,. Where else bigger organization such as WWF did their part, by urging the world to switch off their lights for one hour. Yeapz, just by switching off the lights.
You might be thinking "How can switching off the lights helps in reducing global warming?" Don't get me wrong though. Switching off the lights can't helps in reducing global warming but it helps by sending out a strong message to the bigger people, government and strong politicians, that we actually care and it'll determine this people to take stern action against global warming.
And so, WWF came up with this superb idea called 60 Earth Hour and for the first time in history, people of all ages, young and old, rich and poor, from all over the world have the opportunity to take part in this programme , by just switching off their lights as a vote. Switching on their lights means leaving a vote for global warming and switching off leaves a vote for EARTH. Now, WWF is urging the world to vote EARTH and until it reaches a targeted amount of 1BILLION, they'll get a chance to represent the people of the world and voice out to the world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
Let me give you a brief information about this whole earth hour thing. It first started at 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2million homes and business centers switched off their lights for an hour. In 2008, the amount had grown from 2.2million to 50million people switching off their lights. This included popular international landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Sydney Opera House, Rome's Colosseum, and Coca-Cola billboard in the bright-lite city Times Square, all stood in silent darkness. This proved that the message has spread wider and had grown into a global sustainability movement.
This year, Earth Hour has taken a brave step by targeting a goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights to vote. This is definitely more spectacular than any elections done in history. Just imagine, 1 billion people switching off their lights, all around the world. 1 billion people, all stay in the darkness for an hour, but yet, the feeling of connected and reunite as 1 to stand up against global warming, feels ever so good, proud, and yet, priceless. Doesn't matter if you speaks a different language, or you're of a different nationality, or from a different country, what matters is, you are all from the same planet called Earth.
I was surfing the official website when i came across an earth poem written by a 14 year old girl, Aina. I was touched by how a young girl was able to notice the problem that our earth is facing and how she had the heart to personally write a poem for this programme. In the message, she wrote that she wanted to help out but yet she can't do much coz she's just so young. But Aina, i think u had beautifully done your part by creating this poem:
Earth's life wont last that long,
When global warming drains them all,
It used to be a great clean place,
But now its just a place for haze.
Rubish and trash are everywhere,
Many people dont seem to care,
Seeing this as it breaks my heart,
Why wont people just pick it up.
Many lights and air polution,
Alot of different deadly solutions,
Causing problems like acid rain,
It just makes me go insane.
Walking home everyday from school,
If it rains, im soon in the blues,
Knowing that if i walked in the rain,
I would be sick all the way.
Catastrophies and disasters,
Slowly increasing in numbers,
Sooner or later i may not complain,
Malaysia might even have hurricanes.
Skin cancer,Asthma and not forgeting S.A.R.S,
Are now starting to spread,
These diseases are deadly,
And are killing more people towards the end.
Im crying out to everyone,
Help us in Earth Hour,
So please give us a hand to lend,
To stop the beginning of the end.
The young believer Aina
So, what are you guys waiting for?? Do your part and vote for earth. Sign up or read more about Earth Hour at www.earthhour.org/malaysia stand up against global warming and let's all stand in darkness on the 28th March 2009 from 8.30pm-9.30pm. If you're afraid of the dark, find your family and friends, plan for a gathering. Go bbq, go to the beach and gaze at the stars, or just go up the hill and watch the normally bright and colourful KL stood in the darkness for the very first time.