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Zamboanga City all set for Earth Hour

ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 30 – Multi-sectoral groups and representatives from local and national government agencies will converge at the Paseo del Mar Saturday, March 31, 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 shut off. Registration will start at 6:30 p.m.

The highlight of the observance of Earth Hour will be the flying of sky lanterns by different agencies and sectoral groups.

Mayor 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, March 26 to discuss plans for the city’s participation in the worldwide campaign. He successfully convinced the sectoral representatives who expressed their all out support to the move.

Global warming is the term used to describe a gradual increase in the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere and its oceans, that is believed to be permanently changing the Earth’s climate.

Mayor Lobregat on Monday issued an executive order expressing the city government’s support and commitment to the observance of the global event, which is a call to action for energy efficiency, conservation and to address climate change.

Zamboanga City, it is recalled, was badly affected by global warming on November 27, 2007 when for the first time, storm surges battered the coastal barangays, causing devastation on properties and people. (PNA) LAP/FMS/utb

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