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March 22, 2011

Let's join the earth hour Indonesia on Saturday 26, 2001


Bali and Earth Hour 2011

Bali Joins a World Wide Movement to Turn Off the Lights for One Hour on the Evening of Saturday, March 26, 2011.

Bali News: Bali and Earth Hour 2010
In a movement some claim was inspired by the Balinese day of absolute silence - "Nyepi," the World Wildlife Fund is busily recruiting supporters in 110 countries around the world to voluntarily turn off their lights for one hour at 8:30 pm on Saturday, March 26, 2011 to mark Earth Hour.

At least five major cities across Indonesia, including the island of Bali, have signaled strong support for the program aimed at reminding everyone of our precious diminishing natural resources and the dangers of climate change.

Fitrian Ardiansta, of WWF Indonesia said: "So many student groups and local communities in the cities of Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya , Semarang and Denpasar have shown very high enthusiasm about Earth Hour. The mayor of Yogyakarta has expressed his support and is willing to turn off the lights at the city's iconic Tugu monument."

In a movement coordinated to make the world go calm and dark, some 1,882 cities are scheduled to turn off the lights for one hour at 8:30 pm on March 26, 2011.

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According to Fitrian, the goal is for at least 10% of the residents in each of the five Indonesian cities to join the movement and turn off the lights at the appointed time.

According to the chairwoman of WWF Indonesia's advisory board, Pia Alisjahbana, the movement in 2009 was estimated to have saved 180 megawatts of power in Java and Bali, an amount sufficient to power 900 villages. Pia says the power savings target for this year is 500 megawatts.

Office buildings and hotels in Bali and Jakarta are joining the movement, pledging to turn off or reduce their lighting on the evening of March 26, 2011.

Governor Fauzi Bowo: Earth Hour promotes energy efficiency culture

By: Masayu Yulien Vinanda
Jakarta (17/03)-Jakarta’s Governor Fauzi Bowo declared his commitment to organizing climate change global campaign “Earth Hour” for the third time. Not only as one-day celebration, Earth Hour 2011 is expected to be able to build up public awareness particularly Jakarta people to be more environmentally friendly as well as implement energy efficiency as an collective effort to create eco-friendly culture.
The Governor’s call for action on Earth Hour was delivered in Earth Hour Pers Conference which took place in J.W. Marriot Hotel, South Jakarta, on Wednesday (16/03). CEO of WWF-Indonesia Dr. Efransjah, Chairperson of WWF-Indonesia Board of Trustee Pia Alisjahbana, local government officials, and numbers of Earth Hour 2011 corporate partners attended the event.  This year, the largest voluntary action for the environment in history with lights going out for one hour will be held on Saturday on 26 March 2011 at 8.30-9.30 pm. Demonstrating the city’s support on the global 60-minute black out initiative, the national and city iconic buildings comprising National Monument (Monas), Presidential Palace, Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle, Arjuna Wiwaha Statue, Pemuda Statue, and Jakarta City Hall will be switched to “off” during the Earth Hour.

“Besides the city and national iconic buildings, I also urge all communities around the main streets such as Sudirman, Thamrin, Gatot Subroto, and HR. Rasuna said to join the campaign,” he continued. As chairman of Association for Provincial Governments of Indonesia (APPSI), Fauzi Bowo tries to gain more support from other cities.“Beside encouraging the provincial governments to participate in Earth Hour 2011 on 26 March, I also try to make them understand and acknowledge the importance of reducing energy consumption in creating a better earth for the next generation, all the world citizens,” he said.
This year, not only Jakarta participating the massive call for action on climate change, other big cities such as Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya have also stated its commitment to join Earth Hour 2011.

The CEO of WWF-Indonesia, Dr.Efransjah said that Earth Hour 2011 aims at promoting energy efficiency as part of lifestyle. “ A special Earth Hour “60+” logo reflects to go beyond the hour. It is not enough with only participating in Earth Hour, but this small action should continue to be demonstrated in daily behaviour in order to effectively reduce the greenhouse gases. Earth Hour is the starting point of our commitment to create a worth living planet,” he emphasized.
As WWF’s responsibility regarding energy solution, he continued, WWF used Earth Hour 2011as a momentum for developing renewable energy in isolated area which hasn’t been provided with electricity.
“With the support from OSO Group, we built Micro Hydro Power Plant (PLTMH) in Harowu village, Central Kalimantan. The operation of 15 KW plant is expected to generate power for 60 households in the village,” Efransjah said.

 Earth Hour 2011: It's time to go beyond the hour

At 8:30 PM on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour.
With Earth Hour almost upon us, our thoughts are with the people of Japan during this incredibly challenging and sad time for their country.


Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries/territories officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.
On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.
Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday 26 March at 8.30PM (local time). This Earth Hour we want you to go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back on think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up.
Visit our Beyond the Hour platform to share your stories and to get inspiration from the actions our supporters have shared with us already.

Earth Hour by WWF

Earth Hour is organized by WWF. With almost 5 million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries/territories, it’s one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.

Earth Hour timeline

Turn back the clock on Earth Hour and discover why, how, where and when it all started.

Why get involved?

Put simply, because our future depends on it!

Earth Hour has done a lot to raise awareness of sustainability issues. But there’s more about it than switching off lights for one hour once a year. It’s all about giving people a voice and working together to create a better future for our planet.
City to Participate in Earth Hour 2011
Regarding the Earth Hour program, Jakarta Provincial Government do several preparation. During one hour, 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm, the electricity flow in National Monument, Hotel Indonesia Roundabout Water Fountain, Arjuna Wiwaha Statue, Pemuda Statue and City Hall building will be turned off.

"It is hoped the stakeholders along Sudirman, Thamrin, and Gatot Subroto road will participate to turn off the electricity for one hour," said Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo at press conference, Wednesday (3/16).

Bowo hoped there would be more cities to join the program and campaign earth hour. The program of earth hour can be used as lifestyle, and that is why the program might be done not once a year, but could be twice of more.

It is effective to save energy up to 120 mega watts. Besides that, some regions take part in these activities such as Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and Bali. It is predicted the program can save 811 mega watts and reduce 267.3 ton of carbon dioxide.

According to him, the program which was started in 2009 has saved energy from 50 to 120 mega watts. "We need to campaign this program. It is time for us to take good care of the environment . It can be done by participating in this program," he added.

Efransjah, CEO of WWF for Indonesia, stated several companies have joined this program to campaign the earth hour. They have commitment to shut down the electricity during the program.

He continued that he is about to build microhydro electricity power in West and Middle Kalimantan as there was no electricity power there.

Andrey, Sharp Representative said for Earth Hour 2011, the activities to be performed by turning off 55 Sharp billboards in Jakarta. "We also share a candle to the employee, for use at home when the lights turn off, “ he said.

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State power provider PLN said on Tuesday that it was unable to provide sufficient electricity to Bali and asked people to turn off their lights to conserve usage.
PLN chief Dadan Koerniadipoera said Bali’s many hotels should operate on their own generators at peak times.
He said homes should turn off as many lights as possible during the hours of 6pm and 9pm to relieve pressure on the power grid.
The announcement comes up as many parts of Bali were plunged into darkness last week in a widespread outage not explained by PLN. The heavily indebted state firm promised last year that after months of rolling blackouts Bali would experience a lesser number this year.
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