60 Earth Hour (2010)
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Earth Hour FAQ:-
1. What is Earth Hour?
• Earth Hour is a global WWF climate change initiative. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to switch off their lights for one hour on Saturday, 27th March 2010 at 8:30pm to show their support for action on climate change.
• Earth Hour is a symbolic event designed to engage people from all walks of life in the climate change discussion to send a strong message to our political leaders that we want them to take meaningful action on climate change.
• It is the largest climate event in history where millions of people around the world will unite by turning off their lights for one hour, Earth Hour, to demand action on the climate crisis.
2. When is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday, 27th March 2010 at 8:30 pm local time.
3. What does WWF hope to accomplish through Earth Hour?
• Through Earth Hour, WWF hopes to create political momentum for enacting national climate legislation and a global climate treaty.
• Through Earth Hour, WWF will continue to educate and raise awareness about the climate crisis and offer ideas and solutions that people can merge into their daily lives.
• Through Earth Hour, WWF aims to unify people’s voices from around the world who are demanding action form our elected officials to solve the climate crisis.
4. What happened during Earth Hour in 2009?
Earth Hour 2009 was an important step in the fight against climate change. Hundreds of millions of people in over 4,000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off their lights in the largest climate event of all time.
In Malaysia, almost 75,000 individuals, 8 states and Federal Territories, and over 400 businesses and organizations officially signed up in support of Earth Hour 2009. Based on a drop in energy usage of 600MW during Earth Hour 2009, it was estimated that more than 6 million Malaysians participated in the event.
5. How can I participate in Earth Hour 2010?
Participating in Earth Hour is easy. All you have to do is sign up at www.ehm.my, tell your family, friends and colleagues about it and then turn off all of your non-essential lighting on March 27th 2010 from 8.30 pm to 9:30pm.
6. How can my company participate in Earth Hour 2010?
Sign up at www.ehm.my and switch off all your non-essential lights on March 27th 2010 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Encourage your employees, partners and customers to do the same.
7. How can my city or state participate in Earth Hour 2010?
City and State governments who are interested in participating in Earth Hour may contact Suan Tan, Communications Unit Manager at tel: 03-78033772
8. How does my participation in Earth Hour help towards mitigating climate change?
Earth Hour is not a long-term solution to mitigate climate change. However, it is an important first step to generate awareness, interest and concern over the global threat of climate change. People will only be motivated to take effective action against environmental threats like climate change if they are first made aware of the issue through campaigns like Earth Hour. By signing up, you are agreeing that strong action needs to be taken to find a solution to the climate crisis.
After Earth Hour has raised public awareness about the need to combat global warming, WWF-Malaysia hopes that Malaysians, and the people of the world, will continue to demonstrate their concern about climate change by taking steps towards achieving energy efficiency and avoiding wasteful consumption.
9. Do I have to turn off all of my electricity for Earth Hour?
No. Through Earth Hour we are asking people to turn off all non-essential lighting. Emergency lighting, televisions and computers can stay on for the hour. The main point of Earth Hour is to unite people, companies and governments around the world through the symbolic flip of a switch. Earth Hour in itself will not lower our carbon footprint; rather, it sends a signal to those in positions of power that we as individuals and communities demand action.
The decision on which lights to turn off can be made individually, but it usually involves shutting overhead lights in rooms (whether it is at your house or a business), outdoor lighting that does not impact safety, decorative lights, neon signs for advertising, desk lamps, etc.
10. Will my city go completely black?
Earth Hour is not a black-out. It is a voluntary power shutdown of non-essential, decorative lighting by its participants. For businesses in city skyscrapers or for government buildings, it involves turning off the lights at the end of the business day the Friday before Earth Hour and not turning them back on until that Monday morning. So the event will be more of a fadeout to gray than an abrupt shift to black.
Lights necessary for public safety will not go out.
11. Are there any events planned for Earth Hour 2010?
Details of local Earth Hour events can be found at www.ehm.my The site will be updated constantly so if there is anything posted for your city, you can plan your own event or check back frequently for updates.
12. Can I plan my own event for Earth Hour 2010?
WWF-Malaysia encourages independent participation in Earth Hour as this event belongs to the public and everyone who is concerned about climate change. All you have to do is sign up at www.ehm.my, tell your family, friends and colleagues about it and then turn off all of your non-essential lighting on March 27th 2010 from 8.30 pm to 9:30pm.
Regrettably, due to manpower constraints, WWF-Malaysia is not able to send representatives to various venues where people are participating in Earth Hour. However, we very much appreciate your support and welcome you to join us at the WWF-Malaysia Earth Hour event at (details)
13. What does WWF do to reduce the effects of climate change around the world?
Around the world, WWF works with communities, governments and businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Nationally, WWF-Malaysia focuses on the following key areas:
PROTECTION OF FORESTS. Forests play a vital role in the fight against climate change. Forests are important carbon sinks and deforestation is estimated to be responsible for about 18% of current greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, forests have significant economic and ecological value by supporting biodiversity, clean water supply and local livelihoods. WWF-Malaysia helps to:
• Establish protected areas, such as Perlis State Park and Selangor Heritage Park.
• Engage businesses, especially those in the forestry and plantation sectors, to implement sustainable practices that reduce their environmental impact.
• Restore forests by planting trees in degraded areas.
• Advocating for the national implementation of REDD
PROTECTION OF SEAS. WWF-Malaysia helps to conserve healthy marine ecosystems, home to plants like plankton that absorb CO2 through photosynthesis by:
• Establishing marine protected areas such as Tun Sakaran Marine Park and Tun Mustapha Park, to ensure resistance and resilience of marine ecosystems to the effects of climate change such as coral bleaching.
• Engaging the fisheries sector to put in place sustainable fishing practices.
AWARENESS AND EDUCATION. The public needs to be made aware of climate change as well as the broader environmental issues in order to be engaged into making the necessary lifestyle changes to help the cause.
WWF-Malaysia works on:
• Lobbying for the incorporation of environmental education in the Malaysian formal education structure
• Engaging with local communities on sustainable natural resource management through a series of awareness programmes and activities in our project sites.
14. Why is WWF-Malaysia focusing on a marine theme this year?
Malaysia is home to some of the richest and most diverse marine ecosystems in the world. However this treasured blue world is facing serious threats from overfishing, destructive fishing, inappropriate development, pollution and climate change. Rising CO2 levels and climatic changes greatly impact the marine ecosystem by increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, raising sea-levels and causing coral bleaching and ocean acidification. These changes will have disastrous consequences on the people, livelihoods and species that depend on a healthy and thriving marine environment.
WWF-Malaysia is committed to working with the government, local communities and the private sector towards sustainable us of marine resources, protecting important and threatened marine habitats and saving endangered species such as marine turtles
15. What are the next steps after Earth Hour 2010?
Earth Hour is just the start. WWF hopes that people will continue to take the initiative to make the necessary changes in their lives to be more carbon-efficient. WWF will continue to work with communities, governments and businesses to find ways to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change.
How to show our support to our mother earth?
- Turning off your lights at 8.30PM on March 27
- Showing your support and adding yourself to our world map
- Adding Earth Hour widgets, logos and banners to your blog or website to help us spread the word
- Get together with your friends and family, by hosting an Earth Hour party or holding your own candlelit affair
- Rally your local council or community group to run an Earth Hour event for your community
- Encourage your employer and workmates to take part in Earth Hour and make energy savings every day
- Make an Earth Hour Lantern as a symbol of hope for the future
- Be creative! Find a new way to mark Earth Hour and let us know all about it!
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