DENR Bicol, Albay province mark Earth Hour with fanfare

Fanfare and candlelight marked the observance of Earth Hour in Albay as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Bicol and Albay Gov. Joey Salceda led thousands of volunteers in switching off the lights for sixty (60) minutes from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. last March 29, 2014. 

Governor Joey Salceda urged Albayanos to join the event not just by switching off lights and electricity powered appliances but by the collective effort of minimizing the local carbon emission which contributes to climate change. 

Salceda said the event was aimed at raising the level of awareness of the public on salient issues of carbon emission or the so-called carbon footprint brought about by greenhouse gases and its effect to climate change.

According to the governor, since 2008, Albay has been observing Earth Hour and every year there’s a significant increase in the number of participants in the event. 

Earlier, DENR Bicol gave directive to its field offices to urge local establishment and facilities to observe the Earth Hour or organize similar events to highlight information dissemination about energy conservation and climate change. 

Organizers of the Earth Hour in the Philippines estimated that at least 15 million Filipinos joined the one-hour switch off last Saturday. 

           Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million residents switch off the lights of their homes and offices in order to pledge their support to saving the environment. The trend soon caught on and several other countries participated across the globe in the initiative. At present, there are more than 150 countries that actively observe Earth Hour every year.

Press Release: March 31, 2014