Filipinos urged to observe Earth Hour

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Earth Hour. A sea of candles (forming the word MAYON) lights the downtown district of Legazpi City in observance of the Earth Hour last March 26, 2011. Participants joined the Run for EArth Hour Consciousness (REACH), a 5 kilometer night run which aims to raise public awareness on carbon emission and climate change as well as to gather support for Mayon Volcano Natural Park in Lidong, Sto. Domingo, Albay. Part of the proceeds will be allotted for a tree planting event on the foothills of Mt. Mayon. (Photo by REX WADE BANDOJO)
Earth Hour. A sea of candles (forming the word MAYON) lights the downtown district of Legazpi City in observance of the Earth Hour last March 26, 2011. PHOTO BY REX WADE BANDOJO

MANILA, Philippines (18-March-2012) —Two weeks before the observance of Earth Hour, a Church leader has invited Filipinos in advance to participate in the worldwide event promoting energy conservation and care for Mother Nature.

Fr. Conegundo Garganta, executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), specifically urged the youth to encourage their family, friends, community, and other people in their network to observe the Earth Hour on March 31.

“As in the past years, I enjoin everyone to join in the observance of Earth Hour this 31st of March 2012, the last Saturday of this month, and to extend this invitation to everyone within our respective networks to take part,” Garganta said.

“Let us join millions in our country and around the world in switching off non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 PM, and using this time to engage in activities which promote care for our planet,” he added.

The priest likewise urged young Filipinos to join the “I Will If You Will” campaign. The ECY has started off with its “I Will if You Will” statement “the ECY will change its office light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights if you will switch off your lights on March 31, join the ‘I Will If You Will’ campaign, and share these two with your community.”

“This campaign empowers people to share to the world their own personal contribution on how they can willingly do ways to save Mother Earth,” Garganta added.

Organizers of the Earth Hour hope that the initiative will spur people to be more aware of their energy usage and its effect to the environment.

The initiative began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has since become a global event. (YouthPinoy)

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