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Shell Commits to Earth Hour 2010

On the 27th of March 2010 at 8:30PM, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (Shell) joined cities and towns across the world in turning off their lights for one hour – EARTH HOUR – sending a powerful global message that it’s time to take action on global warming.

On Earth Hour, Shell switched off the red bar canopy lights in all Shell stations, billboard lights and all area lights in its offices, refineries and depots all over the country. Shell’s LPG dealers and Lubes distributors likewise turned off their signage lights nationwide.

Shell has similarly shared energy conservation tips to staff, business partners, and neighbouring communities across various Shell offices, installations and retail stations nationwide.

“Management of energy use requires all of us to work together. Earth Hour is one of these unique ways by which each one of us may take part in collectively doing our part to ensure that our planet lives for this generation, and the many generations to come,” Roberto Kanapi, Shell Vice President for Communications said.

Shell has been a major corporate supporter of Earth Hour since 2009.
As an energy company, Shell understands that there is a growing sentiment around the world towards a more sustainable energy system, against the backdrop of rising energy demand and growing environmental stress. This is summarised into four words: more energy, less CO2, or what we call the Energy Challenge.

“We recognise that Shell has to make important contributions on two (2) fronts: evolution in energy supply and a revolution in energy use. Towards these ends, we work hard in offering cleaner products and manage our own operations’ emissions, while helping our customers manage their own,” Kanapi added.

Earth Hour 2010

The aim of the one-hour event is simple: to switch off as many lights as possible all over the world in one hour and just give our planet a time to breathe and be silent.

For the past two years, Earth Hour has brought together about a billion people around the globe in more than 1000 cities from businesses, governments, and communities sending a message to world leaders in the lead-up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen. We needed to commit to reducing green house gas emissions to prevent catastrophic climate change impacts especially on the most vulnerable communities and to ensure the survival of our planet.

The United Nations Copenhagen Climate Change Conference 2009 was a historical gathering that brought together world leaders, to tackle the most challenging crisis of our time. We needed a deal, we needed commitments, and we needed the political will to be able to initiate action against climate change. However, the outcome of Copenhagen was unable to fulfill the 4 objectives of keeping global warming below the widely agreed 2oC high-risk level.

This year, Earth Hour is even more important and significant. This year, Earth Hour 2010 will empower individuals to commit to the challenge of finding the courage to solve the climate change crisis. It will continue to send a strong message to our world leaders for change by calling upon individuals, communities, and governments to turn out their lights for an extra hour.

In what we hope will be the world’s largest mass participation event, Earth Hour 2010 will be the culmination of over one billion people around the globe, in more than 6000 cities, towns and municipalities from business, government and the community turning off lights for one hour on one night. Earth Hour 2010 aims to send a message to world leaders that we, the citizens of the planet, demand commitment to actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the benefit of the planet. 2010 is the ultimate year for humanity to address the problem.

Last March 2009, the Philippines ranked first amongst all nations who participated in Earth hour 2009. From Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, 647 local government units and communities switched off their lights, and iconic buildings and landmarks went dark. This year, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Philippines, lead convenor of Earth Hour, is aiming for the support of at least 15 million Filipinos nationwide.

Earth Hour is a message of hope and action. Imagine what we can do if we act together.

For more information, visit www.earthhour.org.