Zambo joins Earth Hour on March 26 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 March 2011 15:19

Zamboanga City will join the whole world in the observance of Earth Hour 2011, tomorrow, March 26 by shutting down power for an hour starting 8:30pm.

A ceremony, set to be held at the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO) multi-purpose hall in Putik, will start with the registration at 6pm. It will be followed by an audio visual presentation after which Jesus Castro, National Electrification Administration Project Director will give the welcome message.

At 8:29 PM, the sounding of the City Hall’s siren and the ringing of the churches’ bells will signify the start of the Earth Hour Countdown to be led by Mayor Celso Lobregat. At 8:30 PM, all lights will be switched off for about an hour. In the duration, Mayor Lobregat will lead the Lighting of Candles Ceremony followed by prayers and songs.

At 8:50 PM, the power shall be gradually restored before Mayor Lobregat will address his message followed by the singing of the song entitled, Let There be Peace on Earth as the event’s community hymn. The program will conclude with the signing of Pledge of Commitment with Mayor Lobregat, Congressman Erico Basilio Fabian and Congresswoman Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar.

The observance of Earth Hour is the largest mass mobilization initiated by World Wide Fund for Nature also known as World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, asking households and businesses to turn off their lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. It is believed that in doing so, the observance will reduce the greenhouse gas emission which is the main factor of the threatening effects of climate change.

Earth Hour was conceived by WWF and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney, Australia participated by turning off all non-essential lights. In 2008, the rest of the world adopted the same conduct as a unified concern for Mother Nature.

Mayor Lobregat issued Executive Order No. 394-2011 last March 21, directing ZAMCELCO to shut down power supply for one hour on Saturday, March 26, 2011 and for all constituents in the city to do the same to symbolize solidarity of the city with the rest of the country and the world. — Richard Aliangan/City Hall PIO