Friday, March 31, 2017

Celebrating Earth Hour is a call to action

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Celebrating Earth Hour is a call to action

ILOILO CITY, March 31 (PIA6) - - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Environmental Management Bureau 6 (EMB 6) emphasized to the public that Earth Hour is more than just switching off of lights for one hour in a year but a movement and call-to-action to spark a change and make real impact in the world all year round.

“Earth Hour is a long term project. It is not focused on the 60-minute energy consumption reduced but it is to make a difference and raise awareness about the issues on global warming,” said Director Ariel Gloria of EMB 6.

He said the goal is to inspire people to reduce their energy consumption everyday not by sitting in the dark for an hour each night, but by taking simple steps that can have dramatic effects.

Earth Hour started in 2007 as a single city initiative in Sydney Australia.

Gloria said since then it has grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people from more than 7,000 cities and towns in 178 countries and territories across every continent switching off their lights for Earth Hour creating history as the world’s greatest environmental action.

Together with Iloilo City Councilor Julie Grace Baronda, Robinsons Place Iloilo Mall Manager Kristin September Hortelano and celebrity guest Markki Stroem, Gloria led the ceremonial switch off of lights during the Earth Hour celebration here on March 25.

More than a thousand bikers, youth and workers in government, non-government organizations, schools and businesses who are clad in their black shirts took part in the event comprised of activities like Earth Hour Night Ride, Zumba Wellness Party, a short program and lighting of candles forming the 60 + symbol at Paseo de Iloilo.

Young participants enjoyed answering trivia questions about Earth Hour before the switch-off.

Organizers also gave awards to bikers who joined the Earth Hour Night Ride which took off at Robinsons Place Jaro and ended at Paseo de Iloilo. Awardees are the following: Youngest Biker - five-years old Isko Exequiel Gumayan; Oldest Biker – Seventy-five years old Eduardo Tan Kim; Biggest Bike delegation – Iloilo Womens Cycling Club; Biggest Family Delegation – Jagunap Family; and Bike of the Night – Jonalie Gimoto. (JCM/laf/PIA6-Iloilo) - See more at:

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