High school students rally behind Earth Hour
By Jean Duron-Abangan
Davao City (20 February) -- High school students are willing to sacrifice time watching their favorite TV shows on March 27 as they'll switch off lights at home from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
They are more than willing to join the crusade of drum-beating the call to save mother Earth as they join the Earth Hour movement which is a worldwide call to turn off lights for an extra hour.
Along with about 300 students from various schools in Davao City, Kristin Faye Dimalaluan of Davao City National High School (DCNHS) Thursday joined the Earth Hour launching in Davao City.
She knew that the Earth Hour is more than just turning off the lights on March 27 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. but it is a call for everyone to do something to save Earth from the disastrous effects of global warming.
"I'm willing to go back to the olden times when there was no electricity, no appliances, no TV, no cellphones, if I have to, just to help save mother Earth," she said explaining that using too much electricity would further add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, thus contributing to global warming.
Also joining the Earth Hour launching, Jerry Palo Jr. of DCNHS feared that land surface on Earth would submerge as ice caps would melt due to global warming.
"Lahat dapat matakot at lahat dapat gumawa ng paraan para mapigilan ang global warming," he said.
Aside from joining movements to save Earth, Jerry said he and his family observe ways of helping protect the environment from degradation such as turning off lights when not used, segregating wastes and recycling.
"Garbage when not properly disposed, produce so much carbon dioxide and other poisonous gases harmful to our environment," he said.
Aside DCNHS, the Ateneo de Davao University, University of Mindanao, Philippine College of Technology, among others sent student representatives to the Earth Hour launching at Garden Oases.
Other than schools, the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mindanao Business Council, Davao Tourism Council, Save Davao Gulf Foundation swore to commit to efforts to Save Earth more than just turning off lights during the Earth Hour on March 27.
Earth Hour movement in the Philippines is spearheaded by the Department of Energy (DOE) which has tied up with SWITCH, a non government organization focusing on energy and power saving.
Gracing the Earth Hour launching in Davao City, DOE Secretary Angelo Reyes said Earth Hour is a noble cause worth joining and advocating.
"We rather rally on issues that will unite us than dwell on issues that divide. Earth Hour is a noble and laudable cause that we can unite," he said.
Reyes expressed hoped that the Philippines would again topped this year among the countries which would be joining this year's Earth Hour.
"Last year, we topped in terms of local government participation. Over 640 cities and municipalities joined Earth Hour last year," he said.
Mary Ann Montemayor of Green Alliance Movement Davao cited it as a noteworthy cause for Dabawenyos to join especially that Davao was chosen as the kick off point of Earth Hour movement.
Meanwhile, Montemayor said players from the tourism and the business sectors
of Davao City will be having another forum together with somebody from the United Nations.
"We would be discussing various activities and ways to meaningfully take part during the Earth Hour," she said.
The Green Alliance Movement was one of the organizers of Earth Hour launching in Davao City. (PIA XI/JMDA) [top]