Iloilo city is joining the worldwide observance of Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23 starting 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog is encouraging all Ilonggos to be one with the rest of the world in making a stand against climate change.
“We hope everyone can sacrifice even for just 60 minutes by switching-off our lights and appliance as we unite with other countries in the pursuit of environmental protection,” he said.
The Earth Hour event in the city is spearheaded by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office in partnership with private sector.
CENR officer Noel Hechanova said they will particularly inspect all public plazas here, Benigno Aquino Avenue, Gen. Luna Street, the city’s slaughterhouse in Tacas, Jaro, city hall building, 14 public schools, the offices of the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.
“We will monitor their consumption of non-essential lights and the amount of carbon emissions released as part of our documentation,” he stated.
Earth Hour is the world’s largest environmental event, started in Sydney, Australia in 2007.
It annually unites over 150 nations to fight climate change via its one hour switch-off.
According to Earth Hour Philippines, the country has held the top spot since 2009 in terms of participation.
The event is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature, one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations.