Legarda: Earth Hour Proves We Can All Protect Our Planet

March 18, 2016

As Filipinos and other nations prepare to join the Earth Hour 2016 on March 19, 8:30 to 9:30 PM, Senator Loren Legarda today stressed on the importance of the campaign in the overall effort to address the climate crisis.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and UNISDR Global Champion for Resilience, said that by participating in the Earth Hour, we are showing our commitment to create more sustainable and resilient communities.

“Saving on electricity, using low carbon technologies, conserving water, eating local food, planting more trees, among others, are just some of the simple ways by which we can significantly contribute to protecting our planet. Beyond that, we can take the lead in environmental protection and climate change adaptation programs,” she said.

The Senator encouraged everyone to go beyond the Earth Hour and join the rest of the world in efforts to save energy, reduce carbon emissions and raise awareness on sustainability and environmental challenges.

“The Earth Hour proves that we are capable of doing something to protect our planet. It proves that small acts, when put together, create big change. I hope that what we can do for an hour, we can also do everyday until environment-friendly practices become part of our routine, until we adopt a low-carbon lifestyle,” Legarda said.

Earth Hour encourages people to turn off the non-essential lights for one hour. In previous years, the Philippines was regarded as an Earth Hour Hero Country for registering a high number of participating towns and cities and for its staunch support to the campaign.