Legarda urges filipinos to participate in Earth Hour, Commit to Greater Efforts on Environmental Protection

March 22, 2013

Senator Loren Legarda today urged Filipinos to participate in the Earth Hour on March 23, Saturday, at 8:30 in the evening.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, also said that everyone should go beyond participating in the yearly Earth Hour to support actions on environmental protection and climate change by practicing an environment-friendly lifestyle.

“We join the annual Earth Hour as a declaration that we are one with other nations in promoting for a cleaner, greener, safer and resilient world. But we have to do more. As individuals, we must imbibe the message of Earth Hour,” she said.

“Let’s plant trees not just once a year but at least once a month. Let’s conserve energy not just for one day but everyday. Let’s not just express support for environmental protection and climate change adaptation efforts but lead in taking action,” she added.

Legarda also reiterated her call for industrialized nations to cut down on their carbon emissions, noting that this year’s Earth Hour campaign highlights the “I will if you will” concept.

“As a nation, let us commit that we will increase our efforts to make our communities disaster-resilient and adaptive to climate change if other countries will establish and strengthen measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide support to poor countries in coping with the impacts of climate change. In fact, we have been doing our part and we hope other nations will also do their share,” Legarda stressed.