THIS March, there will be an election. It’s bigger, international in scope, and perhaps more important than our May 10 national polls. In fact, it may decide the future of this planet and its inhabitants. That election is Earth Hour 2010 and it will take place on March 27, at exactly 8:30 to 9:30 PM.

This election is simple. No voter registration required. There will only be two candidates: Earth and global warming. There will be no ballots too. You will vote for Earth by switching off your lights for one hour. Leaving them on means you are voting for global warming.

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Earth Hour is a global movement. It began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights.

Since its inception three years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world’s imagination becoming a global phenomenon. Last year, for Earth Hour 2009 nearly one billion people in 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents turned out.

In the U.S. alone, 80 million Americans and 318 cities officially voted for action with their light switch. These people and municipalities were joined by iconic landmarks including: the Las Vegas Strip, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings in New York City, the Space Needle in Seattle, Church of Latter-Day Saints Temple in Salt Lake City, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

International landmarks that turned off their lights included the Great Pyramids of Giza, Parthenon in Athens, St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London, Paris’ Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower, Beijing’s Birds Nest and Water Cube, Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong, Sydney’s Opera House and Christ de Redeemer status in Rio de Janeiro.

According to Earth Hour Philippines, our country placed first globally in terms of town and city participation in 2008 and 2009. Over 10 Million Filipinos in 647 towns, cities and municipalities joined in – more than anywhere else on Earth. This year Earth Hour Philippines aims for the participation of over 15 Million Filipinos in over 1000 towns and cities nationwide. Globally, 807 cities, towns and cities in 82 countries across every continent have already signed up.

Earth Hour is a call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future.

Vote for Earth! Stop Global warming!

This column will not appear next week. I will be taking a 45-day leave to pursue my desire of taking my environmental advocacy to another level in my beloved town of Mabalacat. Please pray for my success