Zambo all set for Earth Hour tonight PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2014 11:04

Multi-sectoral groups will converge at the Paseo del mar tonight, March 29 to demonstrate support to Earth Hour, a 60-minute global campaign to reduce global warming impact.

Dubbed as “Hora del Planeta 2014”, the event at Paseo del Mar will be spearheaded by City Caretaker and Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Congresspersons Celso Lobregat and Lilia Nuño and Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) general manager Engr. George Ledesma.

Iturralde the other day issued Executive Order BC 44-2014 enjoining City residents and Zamcelco to support Earth Hour and beyond. The order is entitled “An act in support and commitment of the City of Zamboanga in the observance of a global event known as Earth Hour 2014 which is a call to action related to energy efficiency, conservation and to address climate change”.

The activity will start at 6pm with the registration of participants followed by an audio visual presentation and lighting of the “60+” logo. It will proceed with the ecumenical prayer to be led by Msgr. Peter Garces and Sheik Khadraji Tapsi and the national anthem and Zamboanga Hermosa hymn to be led by the ZSCPC Cantamos Chorale.

City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. will welcome the participants while City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Reynaldo Gonzales will give the overview of the activity.

At 8:29pm, the Earth Hour countdown will begin leading to the shutting off of lights at the Rio Hondo feeder at 8:30pm.  The human formation of the “60+” logo with lighted candles and messages will follow. There will also be songs for mother earth and community singing.

Power will be restored at 9:30pm afterwhich Vice Mayor Iturralde will give his message. The event will be capped with the signing of the pledge of commitment.

Earth Hour is spearheaded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines in collaboration with the Green Army and the SWITCH Movement. Zamboanga City first joined Earth Hour in 2008, barely a year after the initiative started in Sydney Australia where an estimated 2.2 million people shut off their lights to raise awareness about global warming.

Global warming is the term used to describe a gradual increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere and its oceans, a change that is believed to be permanently changing the Earth’s climate. — Sheila Covarrubias