On Friday

The Imam at the Kilanas Mosque struggled to read today's sermon. It must have been written in jawi and full on modern words. Today's sermon was about the ecology. I think many in the mosque must have raised eyebrows today when they left the mosque. It is not often to hear about the ecology being mentioned in Friday's sermon. But nevertheless, it is indeed interesting to hear about the ecology and the environment. We all have to be aware of the need to save the ecology and the environment.

That brings us to another topic. Will we or won't we? That question has been answered. Brunei too will participate in tomorrow's Earth Hour.

For those in the dark, which you will literally be tomorrow for one hour if you or your organisation participates, Earth Hour is an annual international event created by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature/World Wildlife Fund). This is to be held on the last Saturday of March, which is tomorrow, that asks households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour (8.30 pm to 9.30 pm to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. This worldwide activity is actually based on an idea successfully executed in Thailand in 2005. But in 2007 it was pioneered by WWF Australia and the Sydney Morning Herald in 2007 and achieved worldwide participation in 2008.

From what I have read, the one hour switch off does not exactly save energy. But it is to raise awareness about the need for everyone to be aware of just how much we used up energy. And that brings us nicely to today's sermon about the need to save the ecology and the environment. Kudos to the people at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.


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