Sunday, March 29, 2009

Earth Hour 2009

Sibu sank into darkness on March 28 for one hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. together with 4,000 cities worldwide in an environment awareness campaign known as Earth Hour.
A brainchild of WWF in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has grown from a single event to a global movement aiming primarily to raise awareness of the worrisome climate change.
Earth Hour is certainly meaningful in that it is an awareness movement on an issue that is pertinent to everybody. As such, it deserves a global observance.
In fact, environment concern is now a duty of all mankind, although a lot of us are still unaware of the implications of it.
Sibu Municipal Council, in its show of support for the movement, called on Sibuians to observe this hour of darkness by switching off nonessential lightings.
Hoteliers and complex owners were called to a briefing at the Mayor's office on March 27 at 4:30 p.m. This co-ordination move by SMC was praiseworthy, albeit coming in a rush at the last minute.
Premier Hotel responded with switch-off or dimming of nonessential lightings on the exterior of the building to show our deep concern for the environment.
The photos show the landmark St. Stephens tower of the Houses of Parliament in Central London during Earth Hour.


sarawakiana said...

Am glad Sibu Municipal Council is supportive of respecting Earth.

Hip Hip Hooray for Premier!

Bengbeng said...

Benghui and I went around town at the hour with our camera. It wasn't obvious Earth hour was being observed. Now I read yr post abt all non essential lights only now I understand. But in my housing estate, it was brightly lit. Security concerns I suppose. Porch lights, garden lights etc now seem to be the norm :)

sarawakiana said...

In Miri many families switched off the MAIN switch. But I did nt notice the government departments and other offical buildings switching off even the non essential lights (meaning neon lights and advertisement lights)

What about Hot Links and Digi etc. in Sibu? Did they switch off their signboard lights? They are the ones who now take up almost 15% of many young workers' pay check.