Going Beyond 60 MinutesMarch 28, 2011 at 12:16 PM | Posted in Current Events, Environment | Leave a comment
Tags: ayala triangle gardens, earth hour 2011, environment
On Saturday, March 26 at exactly 8:30 PM the lights went out in the Ayala Triangle Gardens simultaneously with the rest of the cities around the world for Earth Hour 2011. I went to the park that evening at around 8:15 to go running. I was not expecting the park management to participate in Earth Hour since to my knowledge there weren’t any announcements made but I’m glad they did. I was also delighted to learn that there was a cultural show at the park that night to celebrate the event. So since the park was enveloped in darkness and I could not go running in the dark, I decided to watch the show instead (Thank goodness I had my camera phone with me!). Meanwhile my sister who was in our apartment that time switched off the lights and unplugged all electrical appliances when the clock ticked 8:30. I came back from the park at around 10:00 and found that our room was still bathed in candlelight. We decided to turn the lights back on at 10:30.
I’m just glad that we participated in this worldwide event. I feel I contributed something for the cause even though it was just a small thing. I know little could mean a lot. In the previous years, the Philippines actually saved a lot of energy just by switching off the lights for one hour. According to the World Wildlife Fund Philippines, the country saved 611MWh of electricity last 2009. Imagine that.