LEGAZPI CITY, March 28 — The observance of Earth Hour here was a success after 1,500 people carrying lighted candles ran a three-kilometer stretch of Rizal street from Bicol University Oval grounds to Quezon Ave. after lights in most of the houses and establishments were turn off supporting the worldwide annual awareness campaign on climate change.
Manuel Rangaza, executive director of Center for Initiative and Research on Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), said while hundreds of household lights were put off, a thousand of environment advocates from the youth, business, government and civil society joined the Earth Hour passing through the city's main thoroughfare bearing lighted candles.
After the run the group with their lighted candles went into formation that produced the word MAYON, the province emblem, he said
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda has expressed elation for the support that the people gave on the observance of Earth Hour over the weekend by turning off the lights for an hour starting at 8:30 PM as a gesture of their support to the worldwide awareness campaign on climate change.
He said the event on Saturday was in line with the province's program Albay in Action on Climate Change (A2C2) and Ten Commandments for Sustainable Development, advocating for environment protection and conservation.
At an aerial view on top of building at the Quezon Ave. square, people were awed by the word Mayon exhibited in candle lighted form marking a chronicle in the history not only in the Philippines but in the international observance of EARTH HOUR.
Earth Hour is a global event organized by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), also known as World Wildlife Fund and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.
Earth Hour was conceived by WWF in 2007 when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights.
Following Sydney's lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008. (PNA)