Thousands join Earth Hour 2016 in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 March 2016 11:23

Mayor Beng Climaco led Zamboanga City in joining more than 7,000 other cities and towns worldwide in the observance of Earth Hour, a global campaign that urges individuals to take action against climate change.

The Zamboanga event, held at the Plaza Rizal Saturday night, kicked off with the Habagat Earth Hour night ride with about 500 bikers using the power of the human pedal to send a strong message to reduce carbon footprint.

In her message, the mayor called on Zamboangueños to unite and shine a light of action and help change climate change. Together, Zamboangueños can make a difference, she said.

The chief executive who joined the night ride, thanked the multitude of people who turned up for the event to show 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”.

The hour-long lights off in Zamboanga from 8:30-9:30pm was highlighted by a candle-lighting activity and dance and music performances by various artists.    Adding more spice to the activity were the other event components such as the social media hub and doodle Earth, a vision board for the environment.

The activity was organized by the Office of City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) led by Engr. Rey Gonzales in coordination with the Office of the City Mayor.

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. It is spearheaded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).

In support of the event, Mayor Climaco has issued an executive order enjoining 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. — Sheila Covarrubias