Throughout this school holiday, more electricity are used because more computers are switched on and they stay powered a lot longer than usual. So on Earth Hour morning, my wife and I had periodically reminded the kids that we’d be showing our support for Earth Hour knowing that their nightly online indulgence would be interrupted but for a good cause. My wife accompanied me to the location where I had chosen—Brunei Shell Petroleum’s Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC). I figured that it would be highly symbolic and relevant to showcase the country’s largest and most significant energy and petrochemicals company’s support for Earth Hour and its commitment to environmental conservation. Joining us at OGDC were two other photographers Azri and Gavin who also showed their support for this global cause along with the larger community turnout at the official Earth Hour Brunei landmark (Hi, Maurina!)

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Earth Hour 2010 Brunei Darussalam Oil & Gas Discovery Centre

As torch bearer (yes, I was the only one who brought a torch light) I learned that in life we have to sometimes step out of the box to make a difference (it’s easier to stay home and not bother) even if it’s a very small one. The Earth Hour initiative is about the collective efforts of countless individuals across continents on planet earth and sometimes we have to do the opposite to do what’s right—politically and socially—such as writing the words “Earth Hour” backwards. Like most challenges in life, it took a few tries to get it nearly right!

Azri had me in bulb mode as I wrote the texts in reverse using my multi-coloured LED torch light.
One of a number of earlier ‘writing with light’ attempts captured by Gavin after power had resumed.

When we got home, we were grateful to have learnt that not only the kids turned off the computers and non-essential lights in the house, they had done so fifteen minutes earlier and had decided not to turn them back on having found non-electrically powered entertainment to pass time. It also helps to have the kids educated from an early age about wastage such as food and electricity.


    1. Jan, EA reminds me that BSP/BLNG practice the “StepBack 5 X 5” which is Engage Our Mind Before Hands and it plays a major part in everyone’s action towards preserving life. Now as you mentioned above, i’m glad your children are committed to the EA and I (myself), the rest and world ought to educate them from an early age 🙂


      1. Azri, when my kids were much younger, I placed stickers on strategic power switches throughout the house to remind them about switching off electrical outlet when not in use. These stickers were distributed by Standard Chartered Bank in Brunei as part of their global energy conservation campaign. With enough practice it becomes a habit and it’s good to see them put such good habits into practice.


    2. Thanks CAT. Next year I’ll do better. What I learnt from this inaugural coverage (for me) is that filming the transition is completely unnecessary when we could have done so with before and after photo stills such as’s THE BIG PICTURE coverage.


  1. It was great that you taught the kids the values and meaning of Earth Hour. Too many people have associated it with just turning off the lights to save electricity. People need to know that Earth Hour is not about saving electricity (although it happens to do so) but more about sending a message.


    1. They say with each birthday, you get age wiser. So here’s a wise-ass crack. If Earth Hour is more about sending a message, how on earth can anyone send a message without electricity or do you want for power to resume in order to do so? Hehe. On a more serious note, teaching kids the value of Earth Hour is a lot easier than teaching them about moral values although both require much practice and policing in the beginning.


  2. wow amazing video, great photo, I like Brunai. Hope can go there sometimes. great posting, I like your articles. 😉


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