Zambo City marks Earth Hour 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 March 2015 16:17

Zamboanga City joined the rest of the world in the observance of Earth Hour, a global call to action to change climate change Saturday evening, March 28.

Around 600 participants from the youth sector, the academe, security forces, and local and national government agencies flocked to Plaza del Pilar to support the Earth Hour initiative which was celebrated with the hour-long shut down of power, and song and poetry performances.

Also among the highlights of the Earth Hour program were the candle-lighting ceremony, the Doodle Earth board where participants wrote and drew messages of support for Mother Nature, and the Habagat Earth Hour Night Ride which saw 400 bike riders pedaling for nature.

In her message, City Mayor Beng Climaco encouraged Zamboanguenos to do their part in energy conservation. The chief executive emphasized that switching off the lights during Earth Hour is a way of reminding people of their responsibility to nature.

Also present during the activity were District II representative Lilia Nuno, City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Reynaldo Gonzales, and the heads of the different security groups of the armed forces and the national police.

This year’s Earth Hour was spearheaded by the local government, through the Office of the City of the Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR), in partnership with the Speak Out Zambo, a youth forum supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). — Jasmine Mohammadsali