Themed as “I Will If You Will”, the organizers of this year’s Earth Hour strives to encourage people to make a personal commitment to help save the environment. And for four straight years the Philippines again topped the whole world in cities and towns participation on the last Saturday’s Earth Hour.
WWF (World Wildlife Fund), the organizer of the Earth Hour campaign said there are total of 1,671 cities and municipalities from the many provinces of the country, have joined the 1 hour switched off last March 31 and that is 10 areas more from last year’s 1,661.
Earth Hour Philippines National Director Atty. Gia Ibay said they are delighted that in 4 straight years we were able to clinch the top spot in the number of participants. And added that more than the numbers, they aim to educate the people about the importance of our actions beyond an hour.
Present also in the kick-off ceremonies (which were held in 3 different main switch-off locations of Makati, Cebu and Davao) was President Benigno S. Aquino who said “My challenge is not about this next hour, but about what we will be doing in the next days, months and years to come”.
The organizers have estimated that at least 362 MWh of energy were saved by Filipinos during that 1-hour long event.
- Ideas, Breaks and Chances: An Earth Hour after-blog. (wonderscribbler.wordpress.com)
- Earth Hour 2012 (aliwanavenue.wordpress.com)