Tandag City, Surigao del Sur (24 March 2017) The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) encouraged all Filipinos to participate in Earth Hour 2017 by switching off lights on March 25, Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening, which is a small and simple step but a gigantic initiative to reducing carbon footprint, combat global warming and climate change.
This year’s observance of Earth Hour is a significant milestone for the Philippine since the Senate ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change following the endorsement of President Duterte.
DENR Secretary Regina L. Lopez calls for help to fight global warming and climate change.
“The Philippines is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, but has a very small climate footprint. However, this should not prevent the country from achieving economic development while adopting lifestyles, systems and measures that can slow down climate change,” said Secretary Lopez.
Meanwhile, Surigao del Sur OIC PENR Officer Jose Flavio V. Concha calls for Earth Hour participants especially all Surigaonons to even go beyond an hour of saving electrical power in their daily activities.
“Let us continue save energy by practicing lifestyle that will contribute positive impact to our planet Earth. By simply switching off non-essential lights and other electrical appliances, and buying energy-efficient or low-consuming electrical appliances are some practical ways to save electricity”, PENR Officer Concha said.
PENRO Surigao del Sur also encourage to help disseminate the Earth Hour advocacy via social media by using #EarthHourPH2017.
Since 2008, the Philippines has been championing the switching off the light and has crowned the title of “Earth Hour Hero Country” for it global participation records from 2009 to 2012. (JSN / PENRO-SDS).