Negros Occidental and Bacolod City celebrated this year’s Earth Hour by switching off lightsfrom 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at some residences, major landmarks, and at a mall to call for reconnecting to Earth and eradicating climate change.
A power drop of 20.6 megawatts (MW) was recorded by the three Negros Occidental electric cooperatives during Earth Hour.
The drop in power use in the Central Negros Electric Cooperative coverage area was reported at 8.6 MW, Northern Negros Electric Cooperative - 7.4 MW, and Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative - 4.6 MW.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia announced that the lights of the Bacolod City Government Center, Old City Hall, and the Bacolod City Public Plaza, together with all the city government offices, were switched off, simultaneously with the celebration of Earth Hour at the SM City Bacolod.
About 300 individuals including students, members of non-government organizations, representatives of private institutions and government personnel joined a 3-hour program at the parking lot of SM City Bacolod north wing area on the theme, “Connect to Earth”.
The program was highlighted by lighting of almost 1,600 candles placed in used paper cups that formed a ‘Wi-Fi’ logo, that symbolized connection to mother Earth, May Castro, of SM Bacolod.
This is the 9th celebration of Earth Hour in SM Bacolod, which is simultaneous to the 68 SM branches in the country, and seven malls in China.
She said that during the lights off, the mall saved 3,450 kilowatt-hour of electricity or P37,170, and that during the event, about 80 percent of the mall’s lights were shut off, especially in the common areas, parking lot, and signages.
The ceremonial lights-off was led by assistant mall manager Julia Javellana, Moises De La Cruz representative of Leonardia, and Rappy Calvo of the Earth Hour core group.
Leonardia said that city government employees were also urged to join the activity through turning off of lights and other appliances in their homes as their contribution to saving energy and fighting climate change.
In his speech, Calvo said that people should protect the Earth in various ways as “It is the only home we have.”
He said such ways are using less plastics, growing more plants, taking hikes, eating sustainably, and participating in activities that protect mother Earth.
Pledges from other groups joining the event were also aired during the program.*MLG
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