So maybe I didn’t get to properly do Earth Hour because I was on the road and on my way home, but it was ever a surprise to see that our mother sorta, kinda observed it; she lit candles and only had an electric fan on because it’s scorching, and she left a light on downstairs so I don’t fall on my face and break all my teeth going in the house. Our clocks at home must be running a few minutes ahead, because when we turned on the TV, the Earth Hour events all over the country were just getting ready to switch on the lights.
Now that right there is my problem. Earth Hour events? People gathering together in brightly-lit places prior to Earth Hour? Broadcasting during the supposed switch-off hour and updating viewers on Earth Hour events in the rest of the Philippines, then keeping up energy-sapping coverage once the lights have been turned back on? Seems like an odd exercise to me.
All in all, it seems like Earth Hour was more widely observed this year, with the cities of Baguio, Cebu, Iloilo, among others, taking part.