EDITORIAL: Earth Hour

It’s another year to celebrate Earth Hour, second under the pandemic.

Earth Hour’s past two years including this one may well be said as very significant as people across the world have restructured their lifestyle. Under the restrictions of the pandemic, energy consumption lessened and so are carbon footprint and emissions as many factories and industries shut down. People also learned to commute on bicycles and that’s a natural progress towards the essential messages of the Earth Hour celebration.

This year, the aim of the proponents of Earth Hour is to encourage people to switch to renewable energy and switch rides from fuel to electric.

This Earth Hour, the goal is encouraging people everywhere to make the #SwitchforNature to support Australia’s switch to a renewables-based economy.

The government through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is once again calling on all Filipinos to participate in the global Earth Hour movement on March 27 in support of the agency’s efforts to mitigate the increasing effects of climate change.

The worldwide event will be observed in the Philippines from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Computers, television sets, air conditioning units and non-essential lights may be switched off to express a shared concern for the environment. More importantly, beyond this symbolic action, Filipinos should reduce electrical consumption to lessen carbon footprint and emissions generated by carbon dioxide and fossil fuel, which are major causes of climate change.

For that matter, DENR is encouraging everyone to make the shift to renewable sources of energy such as solar technology and use of light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs, which draw less power compared to incandescent and fluorescent lights.

The observance of Earth Hour all boils down to what is called environmental responsibility which is critical and must be sustained.

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