At 8.30pm, on Saturday, March 26, 2011, let’s switch off our lights in celebration of Earth Hour.
A single-city initiative that started in 2007, in Sydney, Australia, Earth Hour has become a global symbol of change and hope. In fact, Earth Hour 2010 was recorded as the world’s largest voluntary action participated by 128 countries celebrating a renewed commitment to our planet.
This year, Cebu City joins the Filipino nation and the entire world in the commemoration of Earth Hour. This year’s theme, “60+: Go Beyond The Hour,” emphasizes sustaining our actions beyond the 60 minutes.
Cebu’s shopping malls, establishments and homeowners will be joining the switch-off on Saturday. Ayala Center Cebu hosts an Earth Hour online promo asking Fan page followers to share their thoughts and acts of kindness to help Mother Earth. Thoughts can be posted on Ayala Center Cebu’s wall and the discussion tab.
At 6:30 p.m., on March 26, Habagat and R.O.X. Cebu Philippines will hold an “Earth Hour Night Ride” at The Outpost. Registration is for free so anyone who owns a bike with a blinker and a safety helmet can join the event.
The Aboitiz Group has organized a day-long celebration at The Persimmon Plus. An eco-bazaar featuring exhibitors selling items made from recycled materials and vendors of fruits and vegetables will kick off the day’s celebration. A walkathon will be held at 5:30 p.m., from the Aboitiz Corporate Center located at on Gov. M. Cuenco Ave. up to The Persimmon Plus in Mabolo. Students from a number of colleges and universities will be joining the event. Aboitiz team members, runners and cycling enthusiasts are also encouraged to join. Your participation will signify your support for the global effort to reduce one’s carbon footprint. A cosplay competition will be held in the evening. Participants are required to dress up as a character in Aboitiz Power Corp.’s Alter Space, which is the first Filipino game on Facebook geared towards environmental awareness. At 8:30 p.m., during the global switch-off, everyone will be entertained by a performance from the University of San Carlos Choristers’ double string quartet and the University of Cebu Dance Company.
Earth Hour Philippines is an annual event spearheaded by WWF-Philippines in partnership with organizations in the public and private sector. For more information on the Filipino movement for Earth Hour, visit http://www.wwf.org.ph/earthhour/.
Everything Cebu joins Earth Hour 2011. Switch off your lights, and let’s give our planet a fighting chance against destruction.