Earth Hour Press Release: HAVE YOU SIGNED UP FOR EARTH HOUR 2009?

The lights will go off for one hour on March 28 at 8:30 pm in key cities in the Philippines and all over the world. It's Earth Hour.
It's the hour the world unites against global warming.

Earth Hour 2009 aims to reach one billion people in 1,000 cities all over the world. To reach this goal, a global sign-up campaign and competition has been launched worldwide. Last year, the Philippines ranked 9th in terms of total sign-ups. This year the Philippines aims to be #1. It is hoped that this year as many as ten million Filipinos will sign up at Earth Hour's global website:

Earth Hour 2009 is a global call to action to every individual, every business, and every community. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, and to get actively involved in working towards a sustainable future. People across the world will turn off their lights and join together in creating a vital conversation about the future of our precious planet.

Among Earth Hour’s high-profile international advocates are Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, actress Cate Blanchett, and corporate tycoon Richard Branson of the Virgin Group.

In the Philippines, this effort is being led by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) in cooperation with the Department of Energy (DOE), the Green Army Philippines Network, and the SWITCH movement.

To receive news updates and event schedules, one can register one's cellphone number by sending the following message to 5777 for both Smart and Globe users:   green   <space>   reg   <space>   firstname   <slash>   middleinitial   <slash>   lastname.  Example: green  reg  Juan/C/De la Cruz.

Various organizations—representing civil society, the business community, the religious sector, the youth, national agencies and local governments—have already committed their full support for Earth Hour, the global expression of a desire for serious and sustained action on global warming.
Join us for Earth Hour 2009! Turn off your lights at 8.30pm on Saturday, March 28, and sign-up here to be counted.

Countdown in Manila will be held in front of the SM Mall of Asia. The full program from switch-off at 8:30 pm to switch-on at 9:30 pm will be telecast live on Studio 23. Clips will be shown on all other channels.

Earth Hour official sign-up website:
EarthHour Philippines operations center hotlines: Tel(632) 840-2134; 812-5974
EarthHour materials download website:,

Earth Facts and Tales: Share and Publish Them

25 Mar 2009 - 6:30pm
25 Mar 2009 - 7:30pm

Have you ever dreamed of writing a book but do not know where and how to start? If so, this episode of Kalikasan, Kaunlaran! is for you.

Do you have some important information and stories on the environment—changes that you have observed, programs and projects that you are involved in, best practices that can be models for others, and similar information that can make others appreciate the environment and protect it? If so, this episode is for you.

Do you want children to read and enjoy books on earth facts and tales so that they may understand and appreciate global warming, pollution, recycling, and other similar topics that will encourage them to help make our planet a better place? If so, this episode is for you—and them.  

Tune in or watch Kalikasan, Kaunlaran! (KK!) on March 25, 2009, Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 PM, at DZRH-AM radio (666 in Metro Manila, other kHz nationwide), TV (Ch. 9 in Metro Manila, other cable TV channels nationwide), & Internet ( or

Guests are: TOWNS Awardee Karina Bolasco, Publishing Manager, Anvil,  and Daniel Palma Tayona, Creative Director, Canvas. Dr. Cora Claudio, President, EARTH Institute Asia, will moderate the discussion in conversational Tagalog-English.

Join the contests, campaigns & projects of EARTH/KK! To join all, register as a KK! listener by texting 2299: earth<space>your message.  

KK! co-producers are EARTH Inst. Asia & DZRH, with the support of Unilever, Unilab, Manila Water, Pilipinas Shell, FERN, Inc., Toby's Sports, Delbros Supply Chain Solutions, Yehey.Com, MAP, & Brahma Kumaris, & with the cooperation of GREEN Army, PFST, TOWNS, PBE, AIJC, PEIA, DENR, MabuhayRadio, SanibLakas, & various egroups & environment-caring groups/individuals.  


2. Join the EARTHnetwork for Sustainable Living —a network of producers, sellers, & consumers of eco-products.  This was successfully launched at the Eco-Products International Fair 2009, which was held on March 19-22, 2009 in the SMX Convention Center. Noted environmentalist Odette Alcantara has this to say on the EARTHnetwork Booth: “This is the best booth in this Fair!”


3. Attend the free briefing on the EARTHnetwork: a) In Metro Manila: Saturday, March 28, 2008, 1-5 PM, Penthouse, Professional Tower Building, corner EDSA & Boni Ave.  or b) In Baguio: Monday, March 30, 2009, 1-5 PM, Veniz Hotel, No. 1 Abanao St. Pls forward this invitation to others who want to earn more while caring for the environment.

Inquiries: 671-3266, 0917-829-1718,

Earth Hour News Alert: Corporates climb Earth Hour ladder & Global timing


Despite the global economic crisis, many corporations are providing Earth Hour pro bono support and are getting behind the campaign in a number of creative and exciting ways:

*Abercrombie & Kent, a high-end travel experience agency will be helping its clients take part in Earth Hour in some of the world's most remote locations from camps in Africa to the wilds of Antarctica

*Carlsberg offices and breweries will be turning out the lights

*CNN, Discovery Channel and the History Channel are providing $0.5M advertising space in Singapore and South East Asia

*Intercontinental Hotel Group's 250 hotels in Asia Pacific will be turning out the lights

*McDonalds can be contacted at a country level and are already committed to turning out the golden arches in Australia, UK, Argentina, Chile, Denmark and Peru

*Yahoo! Hispanic Americas is requesting editorial content for Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela!

For more corporate inspiration, please click here or contact James Kissell


Earth Hour 2009 will roll out around the globe between 8:30PM and 9:30PM on Saturday 28 March. The first location to switch off will be Chatham Islands, NZ at GMT 06:45 hours. The last locations to celebrate Earth Hour will be Vancouver, LA, Las Vegas and San Francisco switching off at GMT 03:30 hours on Sunday March 29 - crossing 25 standard time zones.

A global timing press release, schedule template and a graphic icons world map has been developed for you to localise, translate and distribute to your local media.

The materials will be available COB tomorrow, Friday 6 March. The embargo is set for 00.01 Tuesday 10 March.

To access all press release materials click here c/o Yeb Sano.


With regard to the number of global registrations for EH09, we are currently unable to advise the numbers. This is because we are waiting from 9 country teams to provide the data, so we can calculate global stats. We hope to resolve this and be in a position to provide global stats as soon as possible. We will send a News Alert email as soon as these statistics become available.

In the meantime, feel free to use the stats below externally:

2009 stats: aiming for 1,000 cities and 1 billion people

Earth Hour currently has 934 cities and towns in 80 countries/regions signed up to participate - more than double the number of cities that participated in 2008

Earth Hour video on You Tube has been viewed 360,000 times

One Facebook Earth Hour group has over 120,000 members. We have 15 official EH groups and many unofficial groups.

200+ iconic building and landmarks will turn their lights out

One Facebook Earth Hour group has over 120,000 members. We have 15 official EH groups and many unofficial groups.

200+ iconic building and landmarks will turn their lights out.


News Alert courtesy of Mr. Yeb Saño, WWF-Philippines National Coordinator for Earth Hour Philippines 2009.




Filipinos urged to switch off lights 8:30-9:30pm on March 28

Reference: Mr. Yeb Saño, Earth Hour Philippines 2009 Secretariat, +6328402134, +6328125974, Patricia Daza, 09189081311

The lights will go off for one hour on March 28, starting at 8:30 pm in key cities in the Philippines and all over the world. This is called Earth Hour.

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