Makati celebrates Earth Hour 2015

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MAKATI City will celebrate Earth Hour 2015 on Saturday, March 28, at the Ayala Triangle Gardens and Tower One and Exchange Plaza in Makati starting at 7 p.m.

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No roads will be closed during the event, except for a portion on one lane along Paseo de Roxas where a fire truck and ambulance units will park.

Since 2008, the city government of Makati has been participating in the global Earth Hour celebration together with partners to help lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emission and, at the same time, enhance awareness among residents, the business community, and other stakeholders on the importance of reducing energy consumption.

Makati Department of Environmental Services (DES) chief Danilo Villas said that through its annual celebration of Earth Hour, the city has made significant strides in reducing its carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. He said the one-hour lights switch-off where households, establishments and institutions participated in 2014 racked up over 4.8 million watts in total energy savings, which is roughly equivalent to 2,530 kilograms of CO2 emission.

With the theme, “Use your power to change climate change,” the event will officially start at 7 p.m., while the ceremonial switching off of lights will be from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. Miss Earth 2014 winner and reigning queen Jamie Herrell will host the event.

The Office of the Vice President will grace the occasion to show its support to Earth Hour, which began during the term of Vice President Jejomar Binay when he was still the mayor of Makati.

Villas appealed to city residents and stakeholders to continue supporting efforts to conserve energy through the use of energy-saving devices and low-heat emitting and sustainable lighting materials.

Participants will be entertained with performances of the 2015 Caracol champion, Pio del Pilar High School students, Davey Langit and DES Band. Besides glow-in-the-dark face painting, booths from the city government offices including DES, barangay and private partners will showcase different initiatives on water conservation, recyclables, and nutrition, among other efforts that can help arrest climate change.

The milestones attained by the city government and its partner-organizations will also be showcased to present the impact of ongoing efforts to combat global warming.

Participants will also have a chance to show their commitment through the Earth Hour Pledge.

The partners of the city government in this year’s observance of Earth Hour are Ayala Land, Ayala Properties, Jollibee Foods Corp., Nestle Phils., San Miguel Corp., Manila Water and Miss Earth Foundation. Other partner groups include MACEA, CREA, WWF Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, USAid BLEADERS, Happy Place Nutrition Club and Earth Hour Champion Phils.

Other active contributors include the Makati City Council, city government offices and employees, DepEd Makati, Liga ng mga Barangay, University of Makati Media Center, and Makati Cultural Affairs Office. PNP-Makati, Makati Fire Department, Public Safety Department and Makati Rescue will provide security, response and protective services, while Makati C3 will monitor the one-hour event.

Forms for individual participants, schools, business establishments and organizations can be downloaded from the Makati portal, www.makati.gov.ph.

The public may post their participation in the 2015 Earth Hour celebration in the social media (Twitter and Facebook) by using #MakatiEH2015 and #Useyourpower. Information can also be accessed through the city government’s Twitter account @MakatiInfo and Facebook-MyMakati.

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