Fight global warming beyond Earth Hour— Itu PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 March 2014 13:41

“Tonight, I enjoin everyone to make a commitment to Mother Nature, one that will go beyond the 60 minutes of Earth Hour 2014. We cannot save the world overnight, much less in just one hour. But we can begin that fight tonight. As individuals, we can contribute in the global movement to fight for our future and our children’s future.”

Thus stressed City Caretaker and Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde as he led multi-sectoral groups in the observance of Earth Hour 2014, Saturday night at Paseo del Mar simultaneous with the over 7,000 cities and provinces all over the world. Other top officials present were City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. and Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) manager George Ledesma, City Department heads and numerous others.

Iturralde said Earth Hour is more than just turning off the lights but rather a commitment to Mother Nature, “to be aware and more conscious of the choices and decisions that we make”. As stewards of this planet, he stressed, people have a responsibility to take care of the environment, and to conserve and utilize wisely the resources that we currently have.

Simple schemes of environmental conservation that will go a long way in saving mother earth include unplugging a charge, turning off a TV or throwing garbage in the trash can instead of the streets, he said. “But the truth is, a little goes a long way, because when we do our part and our responsibility in solidarity with the countless other ordinary individuals all over the world, our small and simple, and seemingly, insignificant, acts are compounded, and the impact is amplified and magnified to great and resounding proportions.”

Multi-sectoral groups particularly local and national government agencies, the education sector, police, including religious groups, cooperatives and  non-government organizations trooped to Paseo del Mar Saturday night to take part in the Earth Hour, locally known as “Ora de Planeta” to show commitment to the global campaign to reduce global warming impact.

Earth Hour originated in Sydney Australia in 2007 and Zamboanga City started joining the advocacy in 2008.

The activity was highlighted by the human formation of the “60+” logo and as soon as the lights were shut off at 8:30pm. Messages were given by City Administrator Antonio Orendain  Jr. and Zamcelco manager Engr. George Ledesma. City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Rey Gonzales gave the rationale of the event.

The ZCSPC Cantamos Chorale provided the intermission numbers and environmental songs.

As in the previous years, the City Government through Vice Mayor 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”.

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