Earth Hour stats: 15M Filipinos pledge to switch off lights and go unplugged

Around 15 million Filipinos have pledged to take part in the Earth Hour, a global effort that enjoins people to give the planet a breather by abstaining from energy use for one hour, GMANews.TV reports.

This evening, households, communities, and various institutions will turn off their lights and unplug their appliances and gadgets from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

According to data on the Philippine World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Philippines) website, "a running total of 1,041 Philippine cities and municipalities have confirmed participation" as of March 25. As such, WWF-Philippines expects this years Earth Hour to top last year's stats.

"In 2009, the Philippines ranked first among 88 nations in terms of local participation in Earth Hour," revealed WWF-Philippines. "Over 10 million Filipinos in 647 cities and municipalities switched off their lights during Earth Hour, saving an estimated 611MWh of electricity, which is equivalent to a temporary shutdown of a dozen coal-fired power-plants."

This year, EarthHour.org reveals that over 100 countries are participating in the hour-long switch off. Now's the perfect time to get creative in the dark.

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