Saturday, March 23, 2013

Join Earth Hour tonight

MALOLOS CITY—Reelectionist Senators Loren Legarda and Francis Escudero called on every Filipino to join tonight’s (Saturday) observance of the annual Earth Hour.

This came as Bulakenyos prepare to join the rest of the world in the annual one-hour switch off starting at 8:30 tonight, March 23.

In their separate visit to Bulacan,Legarda and Escudero highlighted the need to participate not only to conserve electricity, but to raise awareness on environmental protection.

“Samantalahin po natin na makiisa sa pagsasagawa ng Earth Hour, not only to conserve energy but to raise awareness on the need to protect the environment,” Legarda said in an interview yesterday over Radyo Bulacan, a local radio station based in this city.
She also called on the use of renewable energy in order to protect the environment.

For his part, Escudero said environmental protection is not necessarily for the benefit of oneself.

“Hindi lang para sa ating sarili,kungdi para sa ating mga anak,apo, at susunod na salinlahi,” he said in an interview on Monday.

As chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Ecudero said they have been participating in the annual observance of the Earth Hour.

He said it was meant protect and [preserve the environment for the next generation saying, “hindi man mas maganda, at least kaparehas ng mundo natin ngayon.”

A worldwide event, Earth Hour was first started by the World Wild Life Fund for Nature in 2007 in Sydney, Australia.

Since then, it is annually held towards the end march highlighted by one-hour switch off.

In Bulacan, SM City malls in Marilao and Baliwag town has been participating in the annual switch off.

Tonight, SM City Baliwag said their Earth Hour celebration will be highlighted by participation of bikers and skateboarders to highlight alternative more of trasponport.

Beverly Cruz, the public relations officer of SM City Baliwag said participants will start by skating and pedaling from the town proper of Baliwag to Sm City mall.

It will be followed by skateboarder’s exhibition and a one hour video presentation.

Cruz said that at 8:30PM, major lights at the amml will be switch off and it will be followed by the lighting of the fireflies which are made from PET bottles.

The said bottles will be powered by solar energy  provided by SolarTech, a partner of SM City Baliwag.  Dino Balabo