March 14, 2023 @ 1:27 PM 2 weeks ago

QUEZON City will host this year’s Earth Hour celebration in the Philippines on March 25 at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

This, according to QC Mayor Joy Belmonte, was in partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature – Philippines.

The city will join over 7,000 cities from 193 countries to commemorate Earth Hour, which is considered one of the world’s largest grassroots environmental movements.

“Local government units like Quezon City play a big part in raising awareness about the threats of climate change among our constituents. That’s why every environmental program and initiative we have established and are currently planning inclusive and responsive to the circumstances of our people,” she said.

At exactly 8:30 p. m. on March 25, the city government will switch off the lights of the pylon QMC and other city government-run buildings for an hour.

QCitizens and business owners are also encouraged to switch off their non-essential lights.

“The city’s participation in Earth Hour signifies our strong commitment to push for climate justice as we head towards advancing inclusive, ambitious, and evidence-based climate action to provide a livable and quality community for all,” the mayor added.

Before the switch-off activity on the 25th, the city’s Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Department and the Gender and Development Council Office will host the ‘Padyak ng Kababaihan para sa Kalikasan’ cycling event and scavenger hunt for the youth.

Various non-government organizations and social enterprises with climate and environment advocacies will also set up booths around the premises of Liwasang Aurora.

A pre-switch off program will also take place, where performances and messages of support from different non-government organizations and government agencies will be delivered, it said.

During the lights-off proper, a symbolic run spearheaded by fitness and environmental conservation enthusiasts will take place inside QMC, signifying the power of collective action in achieving a future where Filipinos live in harmony with nature.

“We are celebrating Earth Hour again in-person to show our stronger commitment and solidarity as a people who want a better future for our country. We want to make this the Biggest Hour for Earth because we are fighting the biggest concerns of the planet: climate change and biodiversity loss,” WWF-Philippines Executive Director Katherine Custodio said.