Zambo joins Earth Hour observance tonight PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 March 2015 11:46

Energy conservation and the collective global action to combat climate change will be the focus of tonight’s Earth Hour 2015 observance at Plaza del Pilar.

To be spearheaded by City Mayor Beng Climaco along with local city officials, the activity, dubbed this year as Earth Hour Jam 2015: Change Climate Change, will commence at 7:30 PM with an interfaith prayer and the take off of the Earth Hour Night Bicycle Riders.

This will be followed by City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Reynaldo Gonzales will provide an overview of the Earth Hour initiative while Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ZAMCELCO) General Manager Engr. George Ledesma will lead a Talk Cloud Session with youth participants on Power.

Other preliminary activities prior to the shutdown of power will include the Earth Hour Jam and the Doodle Earth Board where participants will be invited to be creative and draw their vision for the environment.

At 8:29 PM, the Earth Hour countdown will start, and from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM, lights of all government buildings, landmarks, and streetlights within the City jurisdiction will be shut off.

During the hour-long lights off interval, participants will be entertained by various artists who will be rendering song and poetry performances about Mother Nature in the Jamming under the Stars session.

Power will be restored at 9:30 PM and the event will be capped off with the awarding of prizes to Bicycle Riders and the closing messages.

With this year’s observance doubling as a Speak Out Zambo forum, Earth Hour Jam 2015 is expected to be a convergence of youth participants and representatives from government agencies as well as civil society and non-government organizations to discuss about energy conservation, climate change, and the measures that individuals can do to make a difference.

Earlier this week, Mayor Beng Climaco issued Executive Order BC 103-2015 which enjoins residents to support Earth Hour 2015.

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. — Jasmine Mohammadsali