March 4, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Environmental group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) called on the public to take part in this year’s Earth Hour.
Earth Hour is a worldwide annual event organized by the WWF that encourages households and businesses to turn off their lights and non-essential appliances and electronics for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.
Organizers from the WWF-Philippines urged everyone to participate in the event by turning off their lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on March 19 (Manila time).
Quezon City has been once again chosen by the WWF-Philippines as official partner for the hosting of the country’s Earth Hour celebration.
The ceremonial switch off event will be held at the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Manila time).
Gregg Yan of the WWF-Philippines said the event will be showcasing technologies that could help save the environment.
“It shall be a showcase of climate change solutions,” he said.
Yan noted that stationary bikes producing power and electric vehicles such as electric jeepneys and tricycles that could help reduce carbon dioxide pollution will be featured in the event.
He said at least 10 pedal stationary bikes on board on fold-out trailers would be placed inside the QMC to partially power this year’s event.
He said every participant of the event will be allowed to ride and try for themselves the stationary bicycles.
Since joining the world’s largest climate movement in 2009 or two years after the Earth Hour was launched in 2007, the Philippines has been one of the event’s staunchest supporters.
The country was already hailed as “Earth Hour Hero Country” from 2009 to 2013 for topping participation levels.
The Earth Hour started out as a symbolic switch-off event in Sydney, Australia and has since catapulted to become the world’s largest open-sourced environmental campaign, engaging hundreds of millions of people in over 7,000 cities.
This year marks the Earth Hour’s 10th anniversary.
Watch the official Earth Hour 2016 music video below.