DENR urges Pinoys to support Earth Hour 2017

MANILA-- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is once again urging Filipinos to take part in Earth Hour and show their support for the global fight against climate change by dimming or turning off non-essential lights between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on March 25.

Earth Hour is an international campaign encouraging people and businesses to turn off lights and other electrical appliances in support of global call for action on climate change to reduce carbon footprint.

According to the DENR, this year's observance of Earth Hour is a milestone for the Philippines as it comes more than a week after the Senate ratified the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change following the endorsement of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Philippines is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, but has a very small climate footprint. However, the DENR said this should not prevent the country from achieving economic development while adopting lifestyles, systems and measures that can slow down climate change.

The DENR said Earth Hour is a great initiative that demonstrates how small, simple steps can help make a difference in making communities reflect on the devastating impacts of climate change.

The agency also supports calls for Earth Hour participants to "go beyond the hour" in their daily activities.

Source: Philippines News Agency