On the night of March 28, IRI joined millions of people around the globe for Earth Hour (www.earthhour.org).
For the first time in history, people from all walks of life -- regardless of race, religion, or age bracket, had the opportunity to use their light switches to show their support and vote. Earth Hour was a worldwide effort to raise awareness about the harmful effects of climate change and global warming.
According to published reports, more than 15 million Filipinos were estimated to have joined Earth Hour, making the Philippines Number 1 among all the countries that participated in this monumental event. News likewise showed that our country as a whole was able to save as much as 611 Megawatt-hours of electricity during this symbolical event. The savings was comparable to a dozen coal-fired power plant shutting down for an hour (http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=454057&publicationSubCategoryId=63).
A day before the event, the whole IRI family had a short program about Earth Hour which aimed to educate and involve everyone in disseminating the information to their families and friends. A full-length documentary film about the impacts of climate change and global warming was also shown during the program. Everybody in the organization was also provided with an Earth Hour shirt which was to be worn on the day of the activity to be walking billboards to advertise the event.
The whole IRI family strongly believes that we all have to make a stand and be part of the solution. In the same way, we must find ways to control the negative effects of climate change and save the only planet we live in -- Mother Earth.
Earth Hour is just the beginning of a continuing battle to fight global warming – a quest which will not only benefit us, but future generations to come. Let us not stop with Earth Hour. Let us consciously think of how we impact mother earth and the environment in all our activities.