We're invited to "see the difference."In 2008, 24 global cities will participate in Earth Hour at 8pm on March 29. Earth Hour is the highlight of a major campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take the simple steps needed to cut their emissions on an ongoing basis. It is about simple changes that will collectively make a difference - from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.
Jakarta is not one of those 24 cities, but then we're used to power cuts of more than an hour, so what would be the difference?
Besides, it's a Saturday, so most offices are already empty and dark. Restaurants and street stalls have candles and oil lamps to hand as a matter of course, as do most households.
Whether the City Hall thinks of switching off those annoying illuminated street hoardings is another matter. They serve as lighting on many roads, so maybe it would be unwise to dim them.