I was recently hired as an intern for World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF - Philippines) for the staging of Earth Hour 2011 here in the Philippines. I'm part of the social mobilization team - the team in charge for getting as much people participating as possible all over the country. I'm gonna be busy in the following days juggling volunteer work for WWF and of course studying for the exams before the semester ends. Earth Hour 2011 will be on the 26th of March at 8:30-9:30 PM.
This year's Earth Hour is about going BEYOND THE HOUR. Within the social mobilization team, my boss Bianca and I are in charge of Earth Hour in Visayas and Mindanao. Many people ask, so what if we switch off our lights for just one hour? What difference will it make? My answer would be, a lot. It's what goes beyond the hour which is important - and that's what this year's event would like to emphasize. I hope we can get the message across. That WE, yes YOU, ME and US, can make a difference just by making small sacrifices in our everyday lifestyles. As for me, my work starts on Monday. I hope you wish me luck. This is a big thing as Earth Hour is the biggest environmental event in the country.
I am happy and very thankful to be part of this campaign. When I was a high school junior, all my notebooks were WWF-designed. And now here I am directly working with them first-hand. I think it's kind of cool how all of this has happened now. An internship is not required in my undergraduate degree as we have summer fieldwork in place for that. This internship with WWF-Philippines is solely my decision to do to learn more about the world of NGOs and environment protection - two of which are among my passions.