ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/30 March) – Lanterns will fill the evening skies as their release will be the highlight of the local government’s participation in the observance of this year’s Earth Hour on Saturday.
Mayor Celso Lobregat said that a total of 300 sky lanterns will be released at the Paseo del Mar, a favorite hangout of both the young and old located at the back of the historic Fort Pilar shrine.
Lobregat said the release of the sky lanterns will be preceded by a short program and simultaneous power shutdown at exactly 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.
He said the newly-inaugurated musical fountain will entertain Earth Hour participants with several “water dancing” shows.
Earth Hour activities were previously held at the covered court of the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, and power shutdown was limited to 15 minutes.
For this year however, Lobregat has issued an executive order extending the shutdown to 60 minutes.
Earth Hour, a global event, aims to raise awareness on energy efficiency as a way to address climate change.
In the Philippines the activity is led by the Department of Energy and World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines in collaboration with the Green Army and the SWITCH Movement.
Lobregat enjoined all the residents to support the observance of Earth Hour as a symbol of solidarity with the rest of the country and the world. (MindaNews)