Monday, March 30, 2015

Bohol bikers join
global Earth Hour

CORTES, Bohol March 29, 2014 (PIA) –Instead of in basking electric light watching television or just plain occupied with the mundane tasks of entertainment at night, Boholanos switch off their lights and instead take on their bikes and get to Tagbilaran City streets in solidarity with the Earth Hour, March 29.

And instead of a 60 minutes switching off, the bike for the earth hour organizers hope the estimated 18 kilometer ride across the city’s main thoroughfares and back roads would pedal for the awareness of fighting climate change, an event that could go as long as an hour and a half of good old biking experience for a cleaner environment.

Organizers said in support with the Earth Hour, they have posted invitation to bikers and their families in an event that gets them from City Square at 7:00 PM to Booy, Taloto, Manga, Tiptip, San Isidro, Dao, Cogon and back to Poblacion in the heart of the city.

By switching off for an hour or more, power generation is slackened and the burnt fuels’ effects to the environment could be lessened.

In the Philippines, organizers World Wild Life Fund for Nature also advocated for other meaningful activities especially on fund generation, awareness campaign and the likes.

For safety reasons too, riders are strictly asked to wear helmets, blinkers and bright colored jerseys, to be visible in the traffic.

This also gets Bohol into unity mode with the largest global environment activity that started in Sydney, Australia in 2007.

Bohol also joins the country as among the 150 nations struggling to impact on climate change.

The Philippines – considered by Earth Hour Global as a hero country – has held the top spot since 2009!

This too as by around 8:30 PM on Saturday, March 29, millions of people around the world take a stand against climate change by switching off your lights for one hour or over (60+).

It may be recalled that In 2006, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Australia inspired Sydney-siders to show their support for climate change action in the first ever Earth Hour event. In doing so, it showed everyone – from children to CEOs and politicians – that they have the power to change the world they live in.

In March 2007, 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses in Sydney, Australia, turned their lights out for one hour to take a stand against climate change.

In 2008, the initial plan was just to take Earth Hour to the rest of Australia. But then the City of Toronto, Canada, signed up and it wasn’t long before 35 countries and almost 400 cities and towns were part of the event. It said something compelling to the world: that the climate challenges facing our planet are so significant that change needs to be global.

Bohol cyclists use blinkers
for 'Earth Hour' night ride

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, March 27, (PIA)-- As over the world's 170 countries and territories willfully switch off or dim their lights Saturday between 8:30-9:30 to push for awareness on the need for sustainable energy, groups of Bohol cyclists are bringing the blinkers out for a night ride. 

This too as the government through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued Memorandum 2015-25, calling for local governments to observe Earth Hour and support Earth Hour Blue. 

According to the DILG in its memorandum, Earth hour is an annual global campaign to show support for environmentally sustainable action to combat climate change. the event encourages individuals, businesses and governments to make changes to facilitate a low carbon lifestyle. 

As the interior and local government calls for mayors and barangay chairmen to observe earth hour activities, Bol-anon Cylists, which is an umbrella of town based cycling groups, is spearheading Earth Hour Night Ride.

In their facebook page Bol-anon Cyclist, organizers said this is open to all kinds of bikes. 

They are however strictly implementing No Helmet, no blinkers, no ride policy.

Jump off venue and assembly area would be at the Dunkin Donuts at the Plaza and follows the route: JA Clarin to ICM, then right to Dampas left to National Power Corporation Diesel Power Plant, then down to Mansasa thn to Bool Englewood Hospital Junction then right to Mansasa Dauis Junction, left to Dauis and then right to Totolan.

The ride continues to Causeway Poblacion Ubos and the up to the Cathedral and ends at the Dunkin Donuts Assembly area. 

Organizers also said if the ride exceeds the 9:30, it would be Bohol's rendering of the 60+ minutes for the Earth Hour. 

Along the ride route, riders may have to see communities turning their lights off in solidarity with the voluntary move to go briefly off grid and mark their Earth Hour with candle lights and stargazing or barbecue. 

World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) organized the 60+-minute annual campaign to encourage citizens, communities, businesses and organizations to switch the lights off for an hour from 8:30 pm to highlight the plight of planet Earth.

Now in its ninth year, Earth Hour's goal is not to achieve measurable electricity savings, but to raise awareness of the need for sustainable energy use, and this year also to demand action to halt planet-harming climate change, the Earth Hour page explained.

From a small, symbolic event held in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to a global campaigning event with a festive twist: a glow-in-the-dark Zumba party in the Philippines, a coordinated candlelit dinner in Finland billed as the world's largest, restaurant dinners by candlelight in London, and a power-generating dance floor to light up the Eiffel Tower after its hour-long sleep, said WWF.

This year's message is: "Use your power to change climate change", according to the Earth Hour website. (rac/PIABohol)

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