The world’s largest movement addressing climate change and love for the environment, Earth Hour, happens anew tonight, March 27 at 8:30 p.m.
Themed “Speak Up for Nature,” this annual call to switch off lights around the world will save at least 700 megawatts an hour in (the Philippines alone).
Besides acting on one’s love for the environment and protecting it, the event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the Philippines, hopes once again to unite people following issues connected to the destruction of nature, such as the typhoons, wildfires and the pandemic.
“I’d like to think of it as the people’s movement for the environment. The beauty of Earth Hour is that it connects, unites, and mobilizes millions of people from different walks of life behind one single focused message,” shared WWF-Philippines Earth Hour Pilipinas National Director and lawyer Angela Ibay.
“Earth Hour has inspired many to do good deeds for the environment and be part of something bigger — a movement that acts as a tipping point for tangible change.”
This project has also been seen as the first step towards a more sustainable lifestyle, evident in Filipinos’ continued refusal of single use plastic, littering, and the like.
According to the team, sustainability also concerns Filipinos whose jobs involve the environment — farmers, fisherfolk, small business owners and even tour guides. “Our joint efforts can make this a better and more sustainable world to live in while helping support those who are reliant on the bounty of nature,” Ibay added.
Since the event will be done virtually — a first for the organization — a watch party dubbed “Earth Hour Phlix” will ensue at 3:30 p.m. with the livestreams on WWF-Philippines’ Facebook page. The lead up to 8:30 will feature different ways Filipinos can practice sustainability and speak up for nature from the safety of their homes.
Among the talks are “Wildlife Conservation for Kids,” hosted by WWF-Philippines Ambassadors Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski and Xia Vigor, together with WWF-Philippines’ Education for Sustainable Development team; “Feed the Future: Sustainable Dining 101” with Pia Wurtzbach and KC Concepcion, and the organization’s Sustainable Consumption and Production team, comprised of Rina Papio of Greenspace, and Cyma, Souv and Green Pastures Owner Chef Robby Goco; and “Tackling the Plastic Problem” will be with Iza Calzado, Kalipi President Wilma Arevalo and the WWF-Philippines Plastics Program.
After the livestream series, “Countdown to Earth Hour 2021,” hosted by Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez, will begin at exatly 7:00 p.m.