The need to fight climate change has never been so urgent.
This call to #Connect2Earth was well received in Puerto Princesa City as 10,652 locals from government offices, schools, businesses, and nearby communities celebrated Earth Hour 2018 at SM City Puerto Princesa from 8:30PM to 9:30PM on March 24.
The City Government, in partnership with SM City Puerto Princesa, led the ceremonial switch off that enjoin communities to create a future where people and nature thrive.
“We know that it will take action from everyone—from governments and businesses to communities and individuals—to urgently reduce the emissions that drive climate change and prepare for the inevitable impacts of a warming planet, some of which we’re already experiencing,” said Russell Fernandez, public relations officer of SM City Puerto Princesa.
Earth Hour 2018 was organized locally to highlight local efforts, allowing the community to be enlightened on topics impacting our planet’s well-being.
“We want to encourage communities to participate in the Earth Hour celebration because the more people taking part, the more awareness and positive action we are able to achieve,” said Liza Silerio, Director of SM Cares Program on the Environment and Sustainability.
Various activities were prepared for the locals and even tourists who wanted to get involved by starting conversations, sharing their thoughts, and spreading the word about our connection to this place we call home.
The said program was also proactively participated by the Provincial and City Environment and Natural Resources Offices, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, DepEd Puerto Princesa, Palawan State University, Peacock Jaycees, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, and SM Cares.
Since its launch in the Philippines in 2009, the Earth Hour celebration has been observed in more than a thousand cities and towns while over 15 million Filipinos have joined the global celebration of the hour-long lights-off, a gesture symbol of commitment to the well-being of the planet.
This year’s worldwide theme, “Connect to Earth” seeks to raise awareness on the effects of climate change and to get the community involved in helping care for the environment.