Environment Secretary wants public to make energy conservation a habit
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has asked millions of Filipinos who are participating in this year’s Earth Hour to take the next step and live an environment-friendly lifestyle that goes beyond the hour.
“We must go beyond merely switching off lights for an hour if we really want to make a greater impact in fighting climate change,” Cimatu said.
“Let us regard every hour of every day as an opportunity to do more, so that nature may fully shine,” he added.
Earth Hour 2018, which carries the theme “Let nature shine,” will be observed today at 8:30 to 9:30pm, and Cimatu said what people do between the annual observance should be the cause for celebration.
“What will matter more in global efforts to tame climate change are the things we do between the annual celebrations of Earth Hour – they should, cumulatively, provide the cause for the celebrations,” Cimatu said.
Cimatu said it is high time people go beyond the given hour and make it a habit of using less energy and adopting other eco-friendly measures to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Organized by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature or simply WWF, the Earth Hour is a global campaign to showcase the efforts being done to combat climate change. The grassroots movement started out in Sydney, Australia, turning off their lights for one hour.
Based on previous Earth Hour celebrations in the Philippines, going lights out during the event can save more than 360 megawatts in one hour, equivalent to more than 200 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.