Zambo to join Earth Hour movement today PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 March 2016 13:50

Thousands of people representing different sectors in the city will gather at Plaza Rizal tonight for the Earth Hour initiative, as Zamboanga City joins the annual global campaign that urges individuals to take action against climate change.

Mayor Beng Climaco will spearhead the activity set from 8:30-9:30 tonight that will kick off with the Habagat Earth Hour Night Ride. Zamboanga City will turn off lights during this time in solidarity with cities and towns all over the world as a pledge to go “beyond the hour” and help “shine a light on climate action”.

Mayor Climaco has issued Executive Order 171 to support and enjoin the commitment of government agencies and organizations across all sectors to help spread a new era of climate awareness. The order calls for the switch off or dimming of non-essential lights, including streetlights, signage lights, and lights in key monuments for one hour, and directs local officials, establishments, and residents to support initiatives for energy efficiency, conservation, and climate change on March 19 and beyond.

City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Rey Gonzales will give the overview of the activity after Mayor Climaco gives her welcome message. This will  be followed by an audio visual presentation.

The Earth Hour countdown will start at 8:29pm and when the lights are off, the Jambangan cultural dance company will perform the fire dance. The candle lighting activity will follow during which the Earth Hour night bicycle riders will arrive at the program site. The EH jam by various artists will follow.

will be restored at exactly 9:30pm during which the awarding of prizes to bicycle riders will be held.

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.  The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) spearhead the activity nationwide. — Sheila Covarrubias