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Soka Gakkai Malaysia Supports Earth Hour 2009

At 8.30 p.m. on March 28, 2009, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members joined millions in over 2,000 cities around the world in turning out their lights for one hour in support of Earth Hour, a global campaign to increase awareness of how our collective behavior has affected the environment. The event served as a message to world leaders, emphasizing a need for more concerted action in tackling climate change.

In support of Earth Hour, all lights at SGM culture centers were turned off for one hour. Several hundred SGM youth division members who were at the SGM Culture Center, Kuala Lumpur, for various activities also took part. Thousands of SGM members throughout the country also turned out their lights at home during the hour-long campaign.

090328x_sgm_earth_hour2.jpg SGM Culture Center in Kuala Lumpur participates in Earth Hour campaign

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, who has highlighted environmental problems in several of his annual peace proposals, says, "Each of us, as individuals, must make an effort--not to be selfish, and to save energy, for example. We must work to take better care of our environment." Earth Hour provided SGM members with the opportunity to take a step toward doing their part to care for the environment.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) sponsors Earth Hour, which began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Last year, more than 50 million people in 371 cities around the world participated, and this year the campaign expanded to include 2,140 cities. Famous buildings in Malaysia, including the Petronas Twin Towers, Dataran Merdeka, KL Tower and Putrajaya, also took part in the Earth Hour campaign as well as the TV station 8TV, which stopped transmission for one hour.

[Adapted from a report from Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM); photos courtesy of SGM]