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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Earth Hour 60

World Wide Fund of Nature (WWF) and The Sydney Morning Herald had organized Earth Hour 60 in 2007, dedicated to the global awareness on climate change. Residents of Sydney Australia turned off non essential lights and electrical appliances for an hour both in businesses and residential homes. In 2008, Earth Hour 60 was participated by major key cities in the world. Earth Hour 60 will be held yearly on the last week of March.

Earth Hour 60 is to make us aware of the overuse of our non renewable resources that resulted in light and air pollution. Non renewable resources are natural resources that are limited in nature. Non renewable resources cannot be grown, reproduced or generated. These are the resources provided by nature and are consumed faster than nature could produced them. Fossil fuels are examples of these non renewable resources. Fossil fuels are coal, petroleum, oil, and natural gas. Fossil fuels particularly coal are used to produce electricity.

To generate energy these fossil fuels has to undergo process. Burning these fossil fuels produced carbon dioxide that is released in the atmosphere. Air pollution is the result of burning these fossil fuels that is not only hazardous to human health, but the environment as well. Air pollution led to global warming. Warmer temperature caused melting of ice and rising sea level. Rising sea level caused degeneration of natural ecosystem.

While major power producers have alternatives for fossil fuels, like sun, wind and water. These are renewable resources that are environment friendly. The challenge is, to have the capability to store these resources and use the energy when needed. Earth Hour 60 was conceived primarily to lessen the use  and production of electricity to save planet earth.

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