Wardens of the World


Do you want to be a warden of the world?

An unusual partnership is brewing between a leading global lighting company and the world’s foremost environment-focused NGO. Netherlands-based Philips Electronics and Lighting, Inc., is partnering with the World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines (WWF-P) in hosting “Wardens of the World” at the Grand Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza Mall from September 13-15. The three-day event is part of Philips and the WWF’s campaign to educate the public on the benefits of energy-efficient lighting and other simple energy conservation practices, and in the process do its part in helping address critical environmental challenges.

Through “Wardens of the World”, Philips aims to showcase a wide range of simple and equally practical solutions that can be taken to reduce the impact of consumption on the environment. As Philips will display in the interactive exhibit, conserving energy doesn’t have to be a herculean task. Energy conservation can mean the simple act of replacing that incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). “It might seem trivial to some people, but the reality of the matter is that switching from incandescent to compact fluorescent translates not only to considerable peso savings, but also to a more sustainable future for everyone,” said Wee Shiang Ning, General Manager, Philips Lighting Philippines.

In the Philippines, a household that switches from an ordinary 100-watt incandescent lamp to an 18-watt Philips energy-saving compact fluorescent (CFL), and which uses it for twelve hours a day, can save up to P4,686 in just one and a half years (based on P9.50 kilowatt per hour). Meanwhile, studies point out that cutting energy currently spent on lighting by 40 percent would keep 555 million tons of CO2 from being released in the atmosphere – that’s equivalent to saving 1,560 million barrels of oil a year, the annual energy output of 530 power stations.

“At Philips, we recognize the need to take the lead in revolutionizing the lighting industry,” said Wee Shiang Ning. “Through this exhibit, we aim to raise awareness about what can be done at a grassroots level to conserve energy.”

As part of its energy conservation initiative, Philips has committed to replacing the incandescent bulbs brought to the “Wardens of the World” exhibit with free Philips energy saver lamps. The event will include the signing of a pledge wall for “Wardens of the World,” a symbolic gesture aimed at educating the youth about energy conservation and global warming.

The exhibit aims to engage the public and educate the youth on ways to solve the climate crisis; solutions that, according to Shiang Ning, “are as easy as replacing that incandescent light bulb.” Students and children will also be treated to side activities including film screenings, games, trivia quizzes, and talks from key Philips and WWF-P spokespersons.

For more energy-related information and to learn more on how one can make a difference with just a simple switch, log on to www.asimpleswitch.com.

2 Comments so far

  1. bea santiago (unregistered) on September 14th, 2007 @ 8:40 am

    I hope there is a lot of follow-through after this big 3 day event.

  2. RegineTan (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 7:21 pm

    I think that this event was a good way of educating people about the environment, and the effects of our actions to it. I myself was able to go there, and I think that it was really helpful. I just hope that more of these events will happen soon.

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