Monday, March 27, 2017

Gov Chatto enjoins everyone to 
switch off lights for Earth Hour 

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 24 (PIA)--Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto urges all sectors to observe the Earth Hour on March 25 by switching off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 and directed them to encourage participation of Capitol and all government employees in addressing the challenges of climate change and global warming.

In a memorandum advisory dated March 7, the governor called national government agencies, bureaus and officers, non government organizations, academe and civil society organizations to observe an hour-long on the very least, of organizing and participating in activities that impact on lessening the strain the earth is currently bearing. 

Earth Hour is a global event that will take place on march 25, 2017 (Saturday) at 8:30-9:30 PM. 

"During this time, key cities and towns throughout the Philippines and all across the world will turn off their lights for one hour as a symbolic gesture of sending an even stronger message to take action on global warming and signify our commitment to address the environmental realities that threaten planet earth," the memo advisory stated. 

An initiative that started in Australia nine years ago, the Earth Hour campaign by World Wildlife Fund had the organizers seeking for hour-long activities that would momentarily unburden the earth from its strain. 

Activities like switching off house lights, outdoor lights and to iconic monuments help spread the word and encourage people to ask about climate change and then move them to participate, organizers said. 

From there, Earth Hour has grown to be the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, snowballing and empowering millions to take action to change climate change, states World Wildlife Fund Australia.

There has been so much usage of energy, which somehow affects the environment, organizers said. By switching off these lights, we lessen energy usage and them impress on people the need to participate in changing climate change. 

From Sydney in 2007, with 2.2 million people getting part in the one hour, Earth Hour has spread to 178 countries and territories, a standing testament to the role people play in climate action, WWF said.

In the 6th Earth Hour in Bohol last year, Governor Edgar Chatto also enjoined local government units to also organize their own activities or simply switch off their lights for an hour.

Last year, an Earth Hour Night Ride happened and over a hundred bikers joined the event in Tagbilaran. Another night bike ride happened in Calape Bohol. 

This Saturday, Bohol bikers are again into organizing a 17.8 kilometer night ride and is enjoining families to make this an annual outdoor affair. 

As this goes on, WWF hopes the global action helps millions of individual to make actions to help change climate change, inspire policy-level change in companies and countries, and successfully harness the power of the crowd to make a lasting difference.

This year too, Chatto urged: you and your employees are enjoined to take part in this global observance by turning off the lights in your respective homes for one hour to show that we can work together to create a better future for our planet. 

Earth Hour ensures each and every one of us plays our part in creating a better future for our planet and generations to come.(rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

No comments: