March 27, 2021 Saturday
MANILA, 27 March 2021 — Echoing the importance of active participation in several grassroots movements to address the changing climate, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) urges all Filipinos to join in the annual switch-off event happening today, Saturday, 8:30 - 9:30 in the evening in observance of the Earth Hour.
Organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature, Earth Hour aims to unite people across the globe to take action on environmental issues and protect the planet. Since its inception in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, the lights out activity has grown to engage millions of supporters in more than 185 countries and territories, inspiring individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments worldwide to take tangible action for the environment, and driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the crowd. This year’s observance will revolve around the theme, “Speak Up For Nature”.
“Beyond being a concrete way of cutting back carbon consumption, this gesture-- a small sacrifice for most-- embodies our collective awareness, our collective responsibility, and our collective resolve to protect our common home, and to act with urgency amid the current climate crisis,” said CCC Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman.
“Grassroots movements like the Earth Hour scaffold and amplify the promise to pursue climate justice. With everyone's help, we can dream of wider horizons, while also taking real steps forward,” he added.
The climate body also highly encourages all government offices and institutions, the private sector, and individuals to participate in the said endeavor, and go beyond an hour, to exhibit a stronger commitment to ensuring the safety and resilience of today and future generations.