Zambo to join 2014 Earth Hour PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:06

In solidarity with the more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide, the City of Zamboanga will be turning off its lights on Saturday, March 29, in support of the global observance of the Earth Hour initiative.

This coming Saturday, the lights of all city government buildings, major landmarks, and street lights within the City’s jurisdiction will be turned off from 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm as a reaffirmation of the City’s commitment to support and participate in the global call to action to address energy efficiency, conservation, and climate change.

Through Executive Order BC 44-2014, issued Wednesday, March 26, City Mayor Beng Climaco has enjoined all constituents, national offices, agencies, and government institutions, business sectors, civic organizations, and the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ZAMCELCO), to support the observance of the Earth Hour 2014.

The Earth Hour Philippines is spearheaded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) in collaboration with the Green Army and the SWITCH Movement.

This year marks the City’s participation to the global initiative for the 7th year running.

Aside from turning off its lights, the City Government will also communicate its support for the initiative by hanging banners and streamers of support, ensuring active mobilization and involvement and participation of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Fire Department, Public Safety, and other departments required to ensure the safety and security of the public, directing all City Officials to support Earth Hour as well as encouraging the participation of residents and establishments, and securing media support for dissemination and public information.

Moreover, the City seeks to make a commitment to at least one city-wide major initiative related to energy efficiency, conservation, and climate change beyond the March 29 activity.

The Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement which encourages people, communities, organizations and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol of commitment to the planet.

It began as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and since then, has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide. — Jasmine Mohammadsali