You look at that river gently flowing by. You notice the leaves rustling with the wind. You hear the birds; you hear the tree frogs. In the distance you hear a cow. You feel the grass. The mud gives a little bit on the river bank. It’s quiet; it’s peaceful. And all of a sudden, it’s a gear shift inside you. And it’s like taking a deep breath and going… ‘Oh yeah, I forgot about this’.
I recently saw An Inconvenient Truth. I must say I should have watched it earlier. I know most of the stuff Al Gore talked about, but it was the way he presented all the data (some snippets here) that made me sit up and take notice. An absolute eye-opener. He showed the world well-researched scientific evidence about how serious a problem Global Warming is through his excellent presentation. If you haven’t watched the documentary yet, please do so NOW.
I know for sure now that all of us have a role to play in addressing this problem. The age-old adage “Every drop counts” seems more true than ever before. We need to make our own tiny contribution to the solution. As I feel more and more passionately about this issue and make my own tiny daily contribution to address the problem, I stumbled upon Earth Hour.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, with 2.2 million people switching off their lights for one hour to direct the attention of global leaders and policymakers towards the problem of global warming and planet sustainability. In 2008, its popularity grew, with over 50 million people participating in the movement. This year, the aspiration is to get as many as 1 billion people switching off their lights as a part of a global vote. The Earth Hour website says:
Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.
As we move towards the Earth Hour (28th March, 2009 8:30 – 9:30pm), I urge all of you to pledge your support to this important movement. Sign up on their website. Spread the word through your social networks, email signatures and blogs. Talk to people. Educate. Participate.
We cannot remain a by-stander. We cannot continue to think “how does it matter!” We cannot continue to feel that “how can my efforts make a difference!” Wake up!! Remember, YOU ARE THE DIFFERENCE.