Earth Hour 2024 slated on March 23

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines is once again leading the call for action to protect nature as it spearheads Earth Hour 2024.

In a news post on Radio Veritas website, the WWF Philippines executive director Katherine Custodio said that humans and nature have always been interconnected. However, over time, people have forgotten their responsibility to care for the environment.

Custodio said that the harmful effects of the climate crisis are being felt more and more due to the excessive and unsustainable lifestyles of people.

“Too many of us have forgotten that we are deeply connected with nature, but the way we live, the way we produce and consume, the way we create the spaces we live – all have made a tremendous impact on our environment, on biodiversity. We need to remember a simple message that humans will be [okay] only if nature, our planet is [okay],” Custodio said.

Earth Hour 2024 will focus on addressing plastic pollution, which is one of the country’s problems that not only affects the environment but also the health of the people.

According to a study, the Philippines generates two million tons of plastic waste every year, of which only nine percent is recycled, and 35 percent is collected from the ocean.

“As we are an archipelago of 7,640 islands, the damage caused by plastic pollution to our environment is magnified,” Custodio said.

WWF-Philippines will be partnering with the Manila City Government to lead the Earth Hour 2024 celebration on March 23 at the Kartilya ng Katipunan, beside the Manila City Hall.

The event is expected to feature a one-hour switch-off of lights at prominent landmarks in the city such as the Manila City Hall and Rizal Monument from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

National landmarks, government offices, and communities across the country are also expected to participate by switching off electrical appliances in support of the goal of protecting the planet.

The program “Banal na Oras para saKalikasan” will also be aired live on Radio Veritas 846.

Earth Hour was first held in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and was launched in the Philippines in 2008.

Here are some ways you can participate in Earth Hour 2024:

  • Switch off your lights for one hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 23.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and devices that are not in use.
  • Use energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.
  • Reduce your use of plastic products.
  • Recycle and compost waste.
  • Support sustainable businesses.
  • Get involved in environmental advocacy.

By taking these simple steps, we can all make a difference in protecting our planet. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish)

 

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