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PIA Press Release
2010/03/24

Cebuanos urged to switch off power on March 27 for Earth Hour 2010

Cebu City (24 March) -- Show your concern to your environment and take an active role against global warming by switching off electricity in your households and business establishments for one hour during the Earth Hour 2010 slated on Saturday, March 27 from 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Cebu City Councilor Nestor Archival and Committee Chairman on the Environment made the appeal to every Cebuano to support the worldwide campaign against climate change where the one-hour power switch-off is aimed at raising awareness on the global issue with savings on power usage that is significant enough to decrease carbon dioxide emissions.

Archival said the Philippines ranked number one last year throughout the world with the number of participating cities and towns. The country registered 647 cities and towns joining the activity with an estimated power savings of 23M watts, Archival said during the PIA Kapihan this morning that tackled the upcoming activity.

"And Cebu is number one among the cities in the country in terms of participation," according to Archival.

Lou Arciaga, information officer of the Dept. of Energy (DOE-7) in the same forum said the Earth Hour is the one of the biggest global event mobilizations where last year, around 88 countries joined the one-hour power switch off.

"Earth Hour is a symbolic act to stand on an issue against global warming" although it has a deeper significant meaning which is a call to change our lifestyle where we do our own little way of contributing to the decrease of carbon emissions such as adopting electricity conservation measures, Arciaga explained.

Carbon emissions are the major culprit or source that leads to ozone depletion which leads to global warming and climate change, this is said.

Last year, over 100 local government units supported the environmental cause, the DOE-7 information officer said.

Arciaga said 10M Filipinos supported the cause last year while this year, "we are targeting 15M Filipinos or 5M more to join the activity and contribute to more power savings."

Archival on the other hand, said they hope to target 30M watts in power savings.

The city councilor said that although the Philippine is not a major pollutant, "we are very vulnerable to the effects of climate change having one of the longest coastlines in the world with 30,000 kilometers."

Archival told every Cebuano to get involve and take responsibility by signing-up in the "Pledge to Care for Mother Earth" at the ‘Commitment Wall’ of the Earth Hour Exhibit at SM City Cebu starting tomorrow until Saturday.

Everyone is also encouraged to sign-up at Earth Hour websites to get your "Vote for earth" counted by logging on at the global Earth Hour website http://www.earthhour.org. or Earth Hour Pilipinas website at http://greenarmynetwork.net/earthhour2010.

Exhibits, for a and information campaigns are held days prior to the actual event and will be highlighted by Earth Hour Countdown at SM City Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu, the Persimmon and the cities of Talisay, Mandaue and Danao.

The Police Regional Office (PRO-7) meanwhile, said the policemen are ready against any possible break-ins on business establishments like banks and shopping malls during the one-hour power shutdown. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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