GUAGUA Mayor Dante Torres issued a memorandum over the weekend urging all barangay officials and business establishments to join in this year’s commemoration of Earth Hour on March 30.
Earth Hour is a global event organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature, also known as World Wildlife Fund) and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.
The mayor is urging the switch off of non-essential lights including street light and signages, among others from 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening.
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 business establishments turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating.
From then on, Earth Hour has become a global movement with more than 50 million people in 35 countries, including the Philippines, participate.