Zambo joins Earth Hour-A A +A
Sunday, March 30, 2014
ZAMBOANGA City Vice-Mayor Cesar Iturralde enjoined everyone to make a commitment to Mother Nature, one that will go beyond the 60 minutes of the observance of Earth Hour.
“We cannot save the world overnight, much less in just one hour. But we can begin that fight tonight. As individuals, we can contribute in the global movement to fight for our future and our children’s future,” Iturralde said during the observance of Earth Hour Saturday evening.
Iturralde has led the multi-sectoral groups in the observance of Earth Hour 2014, Saturday night at Paseo del Mar, this city, simultaneous with the over 7,000 cities and provinces all over the world.
Iturralde said the Earth Hour is more than just turning off the lights but rather a commitment to Mother Nature, “to be aware and more conscious of the choices and decisions that we make”.
He stressed that the people, as stewards of this planet, have a responsibility to take care of the environment, and to conserve and utilize wisely the resources that “we currently have.”
He said that simple schemes of environmental conservation that will go a long way in saving mother earth include unplugging a charge, turning off a Television or throwing garbage in the trash can instead of the streets.
“But the truth is, a little goes a long way, because when we do our part and our responsibility in solidarity with the countless other ordinary individuals all over the world, our small and simple, and seemingly, insignificant, acts are compounded, and the impact is amplified and magnified to great and resounding proportions,” he said.
Multi-sectoral groups particularly local and national government agencies, the education sector, police, including religious groups, cooperatives and non-government organizations trooped to Paseo del Mar Saturday night to take part in the Earth Hour, locally known as “Ora de Planeta” to show commitment to the global campaign to reduce global warming impact.
Global warming is the term used to describe a gradual increase in the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere and its oceans, a change that is believed to be permanently changing the Earth’s climate.
Earth Hour originated in Sydney Australia in 2007 and Zamboanga City started joining the advocacy in 2008.
The activity was highlighted by the human formation of the “60+” logo and as soon as the lights were turned off at 8:30 p.m.
Messages were given by City Administrator Antonio Orendain, Jr. and Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) General Manager George Ledesma.
Engineer Rey Gonzales, head of the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources, gave the rationale of the event.
The ZCSPC Cantamos Chorale provided the intermission numbers and environmental songs. (Bong Garcia)