Do You Support Earth Hour?

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, March 27, 2009 | Published in


Malaysia will be having its very first Earth Hour tomorrow 28th March at 8.30pm.

A lot of bloggers have already blogged about this Earth Hour and most have expressed support for this event.

Now it's my turn.

I noticed not every country is supporting this Earth Hour. India is one of them. I wonder why.

I decided to go around asking my friends and their friends to find out what they think about this event. Here are some of the responses which were quite shocking to me.

"Earth Hour? What's that?"

"Oh yes, I know you are supposed to switch off your lights. That I can do, but don't ask me to switch off my air conditioner - it's so damn hot these days!"

"What? Switch off my TV too? I will miss my favourite TV show!"

"Aiya! Don't ask me to switch off my computer lah. I can switch off everything except my computer!"

"Switch off lights? Then do what? Go to sleep so early meh?"

"No fan, no air con? You want me to die ah, those mosquitoes will kill me!"

"Eh, very dangerous! If everyone switch off lights, thieves and robbers will make a killing!"

"I don't support. This is all a waste of time! What is one hour going to do to help the earth?"

"Tenaga Nasional will lose big if everyone practises Earth Hour! I don't think they will agree to this!"

"Crap! What global warming? There is no global warming! As if turning off lights for one measly hour can solve the problem which is not there in the first place!"

"Yeah, people are so silly, they think that if they switch off lights for one hour, they are contributing to saving the world from global warming. Then after that one hour, they switch on all the lights and waste electricity like there's no tomorrow."

"What nonsense! Do you know how much carbon is burnt for this Earth Hour campaign? Earth Hour is a joke!"

What about you? Are you for or against Earth Hour?

There are some anti-Earth Hour supporters out there who are campaigning to switch on every light and every electrical equipment they can get their hands on during Earth Hour as a sign of protest.

These people say that Earth Hour is a big hype and a waste of time. They think that for it to be effective, this habit of turning off lights should be done daily, or at least once a week. Not just a one day event.

In my opinion, although it is true that switching off lights for one hour won't do much to reduce carbon footprints and conserve energy, the main purpose of this Earth Hour is to create environmental awareness and also serve as a symbol of the fight against global warming. It is through awareness that real concrete action are able to take place. Do you agree?

I heard that a lot of buildings in KL will be joining in this event, like Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and MidValley Megamall among some of them. So maybe it will be a good idea to go out that night and watch these buildings turn off their lights just for fun!

So will you support Earth Hour and do something for Mother Earth? If yes, do visit this website and sign up to support this event!

PS: I just asked a friend if she supports Earth Hour a few minutes ago. Her response was amusing. "No, I can't switch off all the lights! I'm afraid of ghosts!"

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foongpc - KL, Malaysia


(48) Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Support! Switching off non-essential lights before heading out for a Sat nite dinner ;)

    March 27, 2009 at 12:05 PM
  2. Anonymous

    I agree will not be not much impact from that one hour but this event creates some sort of awareness that perhaps ppl may consider in their daily living.

    Publicity stunt or not..I don't know.

    March 27, 2009 at 12:09 PM
  3. Anonymous

    Yeah, one hour don't help the earth much, But this event let us all understand how important to protect the earth. So I support it!

    And it let us know wasting electric power is not only money things, but also big harm to the earth.

    March 27, 2009 at 12:14 PM
  4. khengsiong said...

    While I agree that Earth Hour is to create awareness, I probably can't switch off the light at that time. I still need to do my MBA homework :(

    Actually Earth Hour is more for commercial organizations, not so much for individuals like us.

    As far as individuals are concerned, I always advocate:
    Sleep early and wake up early.

    And yes, I usually go to bed by 11.30pm, with lights off.

    Do you know why some countries have daylight saving time?

    March 27, 2009 at 12:36 PM
  5. GagayMD said...

    hola foong!! still..i dint make it..

    March 27, 2009 at 12:56 PM
  6. GagayMD said...

    whew!!!i will..tomorrow foong

    March 27, 2009 at 12:56 PM
  7. GagayMD said...


    March 27, 2009 at 12:57 PM
  8. Merryn said...

    i support support support.. one person makes not much different.. but if the whole world does it, it makes a whole lot of difference.. my advise though.. do not light a candle on that nite.. imagine the whole world lighting up at once!!! wat carbon footprints are we reducing then???

    March 27, 2009 at 1:40 PM
  9. Anonymous

    I support earth hour but I don't agree with all the hype from the medias, restaurant, shopping malls. Did ya read today's paper? Got special earth hour sales somemore.

    March 27, 2009 at 1:41 PM
  10. Anonymous

    i vote earth! =D

    March 27, 2009 at 1:44 PM
  11. Anonymous

    yes.. support support... the main reason is to create awareness... just like those "smoking is bad for health" advertisement.. it's to create awareness and it's really up to the smoker whether if they wanna follow...

    March 27, 2009 at 2:21 PM
  12. Anonymous

    will switch off the lights! with only my comp lights on :p

    March 27, 2009 at 2:38 PM
  13. eiling lim said...

    as long as they don't shut down the airport I am ok with anything! Lol

    March 27, 2009 at 2:49 PM
  14. Anonymous

    "the main purpose of this Earth Hour is to create environmental awareness and also serve as a symbol of the fight against global warming. It is through awareness that real concrete action are able to take place. Do you agree?"

    I'm at a hotel right now and they are doing it too tomorrow night!
    This is awesome!!
    Thanks for writing about it so more becomes aware of it. Maybe I should write a blog post about it too!

    March 27, 2009 at 3:03 PM
  15. Mariuca said...

    Aiya missed again!

    March 27, 2009 at 3:11 PM
  16. Mariuca said...

    Dropping EC today, have a good weekend. :)

    March 27, 2009 at 3:11 PM
  17. Angie Tan said...

    I agree that Earth Hour is to make people aware of what is happening to our planet and the little that we do each day may help.

    Anyway, long before TNB raised the tariff, my family has practiced turning off non-essential lights already. Sometimes, when I step out of my room, the entire house is already in darkness because all of us have gone into our rooms. Hahaha...

    I think we should continue to practice saving energy, not just switching off lights but putting in energy-saving bulbs in our lights and if you garden, make your own compost fertilizer. :-)

    March 27, 2009 at 3:30 PM
  18. Mariuca said...

    Am back with a TAG for u Foong, have fun! :)

    March 27, 2009 at 3:42 PM
  19. ladyviral said...
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    March 27, 2009 at 3:50 PM
  20. ladyviral said...

    I support Earth Hour. Yes one person can't make a difference but alot of us will and people who thinks that switching off the lights for one hour will save the earth is getting the whole Earth Hour wrong. It is an awareness not a "Oh world will be saved if you switch it off tomorrow for one hour!"
    Glad to see so many people voting earth.

    I vote Earth!

    March 27, 2009 at 3:51 PM
  21. Anonymous

    i vote earth too!

    this means that i have to get my butts off my campus...
    so that i won't be a victim to mozzies :S

    planned a dine out with my buddies :D

    March 27, 2009 at 4:01 PM
  22. Borneo Falcon said...

    I will switch off whatever I don't need tomorrow. However, this 1 hour will not make much difference if no comprehensive action in long term to tackle global warming

    March 27, 2009 at 5:35 PM
  23. .:: Ant ::. said...

    Yet another cheap publicity stunt. Go check the houses of the organizers. They are probably the biggest culprits who leave their lights on 24/7, let their faucets leak, use the washing machine when there's only a bra or thong to wash.

    Meanitme, i'll just go on the same on Sat. as any other day, juz trying to be mindful not to waste electricity, water, food etc.


    March 27, 2009 at 5:59 PM
  24. JL said...

    In my opinion not being wasteful and saving up when possible is more effective than one hour of doing so.

    March 27, 2009 at 6:42 PM
  25. Dragon City said...

    I stay neutral on this. But personally i agree with you that 1 hour can't make any impact at all..

    March 27, 2009 at 8:38 PM
  26. day-dreamer said...


    What's the point of switching off lights but turn on the air-cond? ~.~

    Earth Hour is not about conserving the environment; it's about raising awareness.

    March 27, 2009 at 10:19 PM
  27. Bengbeng said...

    i am not so pessimistic. it is to spread a message, not to save an hrs worth of energy. i support this measure but i doubt Mrs BB will allow me to turn off the lights :) or anything else.

    March 27, 2009 at 11:29 PM
  28. Faisal Admar said...

    i'll join this.

    but i'll be away from home... fishing at the chalet. ok i'll switch off the lights there... hope we won't fall into the mouth river hehe!

    March 27, 2009 at 11:43 PM
  29. Pike-chan said...

    I've signed up and definitely supporting the Earth Hour !

    March 28, 2009 at 12:36 AM
  30. Anonymous

    Sure support la... all lights off... then sneak into my neighbor's house and check out his gf. :)

    March 28, 2009 at 1:51 AM
  31. Monica said...

    i'll support Earth Hour, but hopes for more concrete green efforts! ;-)

    March 28, 2009 at 2:19 AM
  32. eastcoastlife said...

    I'm a supporter. I put up the banner on my blog in early March and will be participating in an outdoor event tonight.

    March 28, 2009 at 12:46 PM
  33. eastcoastlife said...

    Oh, I have a Bloggers Care For The Earth Link Love Chain on my blog if you or anyone wants to join in.

    March 28, 2009 at 12:47 PM
  34. Rad Sujanto said...

    Hmm, I may support it by switching off the lights in my room tonight. Hmm... still not sure how to convince everyone in the house to support this Earth Hour event. Everyone may think that it's just some kind of joke. It's not easy to be a good person these days. Lots of people who are against. :( sadly..

    March 28, 2009 at 2:38 PM
  35. LifeRamblings said...

    i support EH wholeheatedly. i think everyone should participate in this global event.

    March 28, 2009 at 3:25 PM
  36. LifeRamblings said...

    Happy Earth Hour! have fun in the dark.

    March 28, 2009 at 3:26 PM
  37. lina said...

    We are going to have some fun in the dark. :)
    Hantu - don't visit us OK? LOL

    March 28, 2009 at 4:05 PM
  38. Johnny Ong said...

    so how was the response at yr residential area?

    March 29, 2009 at 5:56 AM
  39. foongpc said...

    Hi all, thanks for all your comments. I can see that most of you support the Earth Hour event.

    I believe Earth Hour is an awareness event, not really saving electricity or conserve energy event. You can't save the Earth by turning off lights for one hour.

    I think it will be a success if everyone is now more aware of global warming and commit to turn off unessential lights or electrical gadgets everyday.

    Actually, it's not a matter or turning everything off, but only turn off what is not needed, meaning don't waste electricity unnecessarily.

    Nowadays, it is so hot, I keep my fan on. It is essential to me. But if I'm not in the room, then I'll turn it off. That's what Earth Hour is all about to me : )

    March 29, 2009 at 2:34 PM
  40. eastcoastlife said...

    I gave link love for this post.

    Join Bloggers Care for the Earth Link Love chain. Put it in your post for more links from all over the world!

    Just copy and paste on this post. The other participants will visit your post.

    March 29, 2009 at 11:35 PM
  41. Superman said...

    Did switch off a few lights and out for dinner. It helps I believe.

    March 30, 2009 at 12:01 AM
  42. Anonymous

    Wonderful post! Such an important subject and the more people who know about it the better.

    March 30, 2009 at 6:26 AM
  43. Babette said...

    Good for you Foong! My family and I also participated on Earth Hour yesterday. :o)

    March 30, 2009 at 7:45 AM
  44. jam said...

    Ya, switching off for only 1 hour certainly doesn't do wonder. But it is the awareness that we wanna create here.

    March 30, 2009 at 11:06 AM
  45. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, OK, thanks! : )

    superman, it helps to raise awareness : )

    A., yes over here in Malaysia, a lot of people switched their lights off during Earth Hour. I think it did made some impact : )

    March 31, 2009 at 10:27 AM
  46. foongpc said...

    babette, that's cool! : )

    jam, yeah, it's all about awareness : )

    March 31, 2009 at 10:29 AM
  47. Roland

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    November 6, 2011 at 12:11 AM
  48. kelvin said...

    I really support earth hour.Thanks for this useful resource

    February 16, 2012 at 6:44 PM