Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth Hour 2009, off the light, brighten the future...

Guess, I can't resist the temptation to write!
I just can't stand spending my whole weekend only with lecture notes, textbooks, and tutorial questions although I have such everlasting quizzes next week.

This evening,  at 8.30 PM, I will switch off my laptop, turn off the lights at my room, and try to switch the fan off also. Maybe you are wondering, what the hell I am gonna do, but, hey, check your calendar, please! See today's date! 28th March 2009, EARTH HOUR 2009!

Yeah, today is the day for Earth Hour, the day when all people in this world (who care about the earth, of course) are supposed to turn off their light for one hour, 8.30 to 9.30 PM at local time. Only one hour life without lighting, but, still, some people grumble and feel like this event is going to be a useless thing.

Earth Hour was started 2 years ago in Sydney, Australia, and as the years pass, more and more participants are involved in this event. In 2007, 2.2 million of homes and offices in Sydney switched off their lights for one hour, 7.30 to 8.30 PM. One year later, in 2008, the effect has gone through much broader area; not only Australia, but also other countries; not only homes and offices, but also global landmarks. It was a big leap to see the San Fransisco's Gate Bridge threw its pride by standing quietly in the darkness from 8 to 9 PM for one hour. And this year, Earth Hour 2009 has targeted 1 billion people to switch off their light since 8.30 PM local time. 60 minutes for longer life of the earth.

Actually, I have been trying to provide you with the information of how much electricity will be saved, how much coal and oil will be conserved, and how much carbon monoxide will be reduced through Earth Hour, but unfortunately, I couldn't find it. LOL. So, I just want you to imagine how much ease we will bring to the earth by supporting this event. For 5 billion years, the earth is always suffering. Humans continously waste its resources, manipulate its landmark, pollute its atmosphere, and canibalize it. See, how much sufferings have we brought to our earth? Why should we grumble about living in the dark night for one hour only? Our earth has been living in the 'darkness' for five billion years.

Be considerate, Guys!
We still have dreams to achieve, we still have aims to fight for, we still have descendants we should care for. But, if we continue to bleed our earth, it's no use to have dreams, aims, goals, targets, decendants, or anything you want to call it, because, you will have NO TIME.

Don't dare to think that you will not contribute anything to the world since the world is so big and you are so small. You are wrong! You are fighting along with billions or even trillions people out there. And also, don't dare to think that without your contribution, nothing will be affected. You are wrong, too! A small contribution will be lumped to result in a tremendous effect. Our earth needs our love.
Please, shower it with a little of your love.

I have talked about Earth Hour last year, when my brain was not as contented as now. If you want to see, just go to this page.
Last year I read in Wikipedia that Jakarta was participating, but I wasn't sure. This year, I am sure that Indonesia is one off the supporters of Earth Hour. Some campaign has been propagated to encourage people to switch off their lights tonight, one of them is this video.

"Padamkan lampu, nyalakan masa depan"
Whoa, I like it very much. I hope all Indonesian are also touched by this campaign.

And see, I found this information
Switching off the lights in Jakarta for one hour, is equal to:
• reduce 300 MWh of electricity usage (enough to rest 1 power plant and provide electricity to 900 villages)
• save up the average electricity bills of Jakarta around Rp 200 million 
• reduce 284 tones of CO2
• save more than 284 trees
• produce clean air for more than 568 people

This is only for Jakarta, and can you imagine how much we will benefit from this event if all cities, big or small, do it?
So, Guys, let's support, Earth Hour 2009.

Same like last year, I still hope that someday, Earth Hour can transform to Earth Day, 24 hours without electricity.

Love your earth, switch your light off.

U're the best I've ever had

2 thoughts:

bowo said...

Sayangnya di Jakarta kampanye Earth Hour masih jauh dari sukses di Singapura..

~'FeN'~ said...

gapapa, yg penting ada usahanya...