Lights Off Earth Hour Observation March 26 2011
Close to 1,080 communities and local government units (LGUs), including residential areas, are expected to switch off lights during the Earth Hour on Saturday, March 26, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Thursday.
DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said the move is a sign of solidarity with the global community to address climate change.
He asked LGU leaders nationwide to switch off their lights for one hour beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday in support of Earth Hour 2011.
Earth Hour, which was launched in Australia in 2007, is a massive social movement aimed at mobilizing action against climate change through the simple act of turning off lights.
In 2010, a record-breaking 1,076 cities and municipalities all over the country joined the global community in making a symbolic call for united action to help the planet.
In a directive to provincial governors, city and municipal mayors and barangay chairmen, Robredo urged them to, as far as practicable, turn off the non-essential lights and electrical appliances in provincial, city, municipal and barangays halls and other government facilities for one hour or at least within Earth Hour.