ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 30 Multisectoral groups and representatives from local and national government agencies will converge at the Paseo del Mar Saturday night to show commitment and support to Earth Hour, a 60-minute global campaign to reduce global warming impact.
Mayor Celso Lobregat, who espouses environmental protection and preservation, will personally lead the observance of Earth Hour with the shutting off of lights at the Rio Hondo feeder starting at 8:30 p.m.
A short program will precede the power shutoff.
The highlight of the observance of Earth Hour will be the flying of sky lanterns by different agencies and sectoral groups. Lobregat said at least 300 sky lanterns will be released into the air.
Lobregat has called on all sectors to reaffirm their commitment and support to Earth Hour by undertaking measures that promote the protection and preservation of the environment.
Earth Hour is spearheaded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines in collaboration with the Green Army and the SWITCH Movement.
Zamboanga City first joined Earth Hour in 2008, barely a year after the initiative started in Sydney, Australia where an estimated 2.2 million people shut off their lights to raise awareness about global warming.
Lobregat met with the different sectors last Monday and discussed plans for this citys participation in the worldwide campaign. (PNA) scs/TPG/utb