Le­garda: Earth Hour Proves We Are Ca­pa­ble of Pro­tect­ing our Planet

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In ob­ser­vance of Earth Hour to­day, March 30, 2019, be­tween 8:30-9:30pm in the Philip­pines, Sen­a­tor Loren Le­garda said that par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event shows that ev­ery­one is ca­pa­ble of tak­ing steps to pro­tect our planet.

“Ev­ery year, na­tions, com­mu­ni­ties, in­dus­tries, and in­di­vid­u­als par­tic­i­pate in the Earth Hour, switch­ing off non-essential lights for an hour. Last year, 188 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries par­tic­i­pated and more than 17,900 land­marks and mon­u­ments around the world switched off their lights dur­ing Earth Hour. This shows that we are all ca­pa­ble of tak­ing ac­tion to pro­tect the Earth and act against cli­mate change in our own in­di­vid­ual way,” said Le­garda, Chair of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Cli­mate Change and UNISDR Global Cham­pion for Re­silience.

“The Earth Hour proves that we can be pro­tec­tors of our planet.

It shows that small acts, when put to­gether, cre­ate big change. I hope that what we can go be­yond Earth Hour and im­bibe en­vi­ron­ment­friendly prac­tices as a way of life,” she added.

The Sen­a­tor said that sav­ing on elec­tric­ity, us­ing low car­bon tech­nolo­gies, con­serv­ing water, eat­ing lo­cal food, plant­ing more trees, among oth­ers, are just some of the sim­ple ways by which in­di­vid­u­als can sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­ute to pro­tect­ing the planet. “Be­yond that, we can join the rest of the world in ef­forts to save en­ergy, re­duce car­bon emis­sions and raise aware­ness on sus­tain­abil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges.”

The Earth Hour started in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia in 2007. The fol­low­ing year, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) launched the in­ter­na­tional Earth Hour.

Ac­cord­ing to the WWF, the Earth Hour cam­paign started by en­cour­ag­ing ci­ties and com­mu­ni­ties to turn off their lights for one hour dur­ing the des­ig­nated date of Earth Hour. Since then, homes and com­mu­ni­ties went be­yond the hour or have taken greater ac­tion to­wards the pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment.

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