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.
Tags: earth hour 2011, environment, wwf
I know I will be on March 26, Saturday. I’ve been participating in Earth Hour for the past two years in my own little way and I’m just proud to be a part of it. Spread the word!
Tags: climate change, environment, Greenpeace, The Age of Stupid
I had the luck and privilege to have been invited to the gala screening of the latest foreign environmental movie called The Age of Stupid. I first learned about this movie through one of the X-Files forums I frequented. Being a fan of Gillian Anderson, I was glad to know that she got involved in promoting this movie in London and New York. When I expressed my interest about watching this film to my fellow X-phile friends, it turned out that they too wanted to see it. So when an opportunity came for us to watch the local screening, we didn’t think twice.
My friends and I were able to watch the second screening (the first screening happened on September 21) of the movie last Tuesday, October 13. The five of us met up at Glorietta 4 Cinemas in Makati where the film was going to be shown. We had the chance to walk along the green carpet set up at the cinema and secured good seats. Several VIPs were also there including representatives from Greenpeace Philippines and the World Wildlife Fund. The main event started at 7:00 PM with a short introduction of the movie and a brief talk from presidential adviser on climate change, Heherson Alvarez who spoke about the upcoming UN Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen this December.
The Age of Stupid is part documentary, part animation, and part fiction that talks about climate change. It is set in the future in the year 2055. It shows our devastated planet after major natural catastrophes wiped out almost the entire Earth. An archivist looks back on the year 2008 and laments on what man has done that led to the destruction of our planet. The film is directed by Franny Armstrong and stars Pete Postlethwaite as the archivist.
I must admit, I liked this movie better than An Inconvenient Truth because the presentation is more engaging and entertaining. It doesn’t really have that documentary feel to it unlike An Inconvenient Truth wherein it’s mostly talk and discussion. What I liked about The Age of Stupid is that it inserts human interest in between and talks about issues in simple terms that are not off-putting, especially to those who are not really into this kind of thing. I found the feature on the windmill argument quite touching. To say that the windmills should be taken down because they’re ruining the view is ridiculous.
We left the cinema at around 8:30 PM and headed to Glorietta 5 for dinner. Incidentally, the gala screening coincided with X-Files creator Chris Carter’s birthday, October 13, which is also the name of his production company (Ten Thirteen). So my X-phile friends and I considered our dinner as a celebration of that special day.