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Butuan City government prepares for Earth Hour 2010

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

Butuan City (22 March) -- The city government here in cooperation with all the regional line agencies will once again join the cities and towns all over the world in switching off their lights for one hour dubbed as Earth Hour on March 27 at 8:30 in the evening. This is revealed during the Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting presided by Forester Alexander Alaan at the City Administrative Office here, held Friday (March 19).

Earth Hour is a global event that involves the voluntarily turning-off of non-essential lights for an hour to heighten awareness about the effects of climate change.

The event will be participated in by the students from various schools in the city and representatives from the local government units, government agencies and non-government organizations.

On that night, the city government aims for a total darkness in the city's main thoroughfares, landmarks and large establishments.

Also, to make the event more meaningful and to be able to gather as much support to the endeavor, a short program will be prepared during the switching off of the lights.

City Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II together with the invited guests and participants will gather at the Rizal Park for a very short program. A few minutes before 8:30 pm, a police siren will then be heard signaling the start of the countdown.

Finally, at exactly 8:30 pm, lights will be switched off. A ceremonial switch will be prepared at the Rizal Park.

On its one hour in the darkness, talks on greenhouse effects, global warming, adaptation to global warming and other environmental topics will be discussed by various concerned agencies. (PIA-Caraga) [top]

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