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Good Shepherd Sisters join observance of 2010 Earth Hour

Submitted by: regina
On: 28/03/2010

Good Shepherd Sisters in the Philippines participated in the 2010 Global Earth Hour organized by WWF held on Saturday, March 27 from 8:30-9:30 p.m.

WWF was founded in 1961 and was then known as World Wildlife Fund. The organization grew over the 70s and into the 80s, WWF began to expand its work to conserve the environment as a whole (reflecting the interdependence of all living things), rather than focusing on selected species in isolation. So, although we continued to use our well-known initials, during the 80s our legal name became "WWF-World Wide Fund For Nature."

Earth Hour 2010 was a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to Asia to the Americas will stand in darkness. People across the world from all walks of life will turn off their lights and join together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their 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 participating. Global landmarks such as the, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The 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 officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

At the Good Shepherd Convent in Quezon City, communities from the Provincialate, Euphrasian Community, St. Bridget School, Bahay Ugnayan, Good Shepherd Community gathered for an hour of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament united with all creatures in praising God and in praying for the earth. No electric bulbs were turned on during the hour but lit candles made in the Novitiate encircled the Blessed Sacrament. The candles were recycled from used candles in the chapel.

In Baguio City, Sr. Guadalupe Bautista RGS said Good Shepherd Sisters sat for one hour in silence with just the candle at the center. After the first half hour they walked for some moments, as in zen, then stopped and continued the next half hour in silence.

In Heart of Mary Villa, in Malabon, Sr. Susan Montano RGS said, sisters started the Earth Hour by praying the rosary and proceeded with the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Sr. Celeste Engutan CGS, said the contemplatives in Tagaytay as in many Good Shepherd Communities in the Philippines, keep Earth Hour every Saturday from 8- 9 p.m. The only difference this year, was that they changed the time to 8:30-9:30 p.m. in solidarity with many nations observing the 2010 Earth Hour.

In Virac, Catanduanes, Sr. Goretti Bool CGS, said the contemplative community with Sr. Mercy Ang, RGS, an apostolic sister who is exploring possibilities for mission in the diocese, spent the Earth Hour in Adoration.


Sr. Diane Cabasagan RGS said in Davao City, the community has weekly Earth Hour but last Saturday there was Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament.


In Isabela, Sr. Teresita Cordova RGS said, the community were in silence in respect for the earth, and in replenishing body, mind and spirit.

Last year, the Women, Justice and Integrity of Creation (WJPIC) Office led by Sr. Maureen Catabian RGS encouraged  communities to observe Earth Hour every Saturday evening. In keeping with the global call to care for the earth and as an active response to the issue of climate change, sisters switch off lights, unplug electronic gadgets and devices and gather in silence.