Sunday, March 28, 2010

Mindanao joins Earth Hour 2010

A torch is lighted to give light as darkness sweeps over Davao City in Mindanao as hundreds, including members of the Boy Scout of the Philippines, join the Earth Hour. The youth led by KABATAAN Party-list in Davao City also staged a “snake” rally denouncing the Arroyo administration for the alleged outright sell-out of the environment and natural resources to foreign multi-national corporations. (Photos by Karlos Manlupig)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Mar. 28, 2010) – Hundreds of people lit torches and switched off their lights in Davao City in Mindanao as they joined the world in Earth Hour 2010 to save energy and make a stand against climate change.

Members of the Boy Scout of the Philippines and the Kabataan Party List also joined the Earth Hour 2010 in Davao City. The party list group also took the occasion to air its grievances against President Gloria Arroyo’s policies on the environment and energy and other social issues.

In Kidapawan and Zamboanga and other key cities in Mindanao, lights were also turned off to conserve energy. People from all walks of life also joined Earth Hour 2010.

But many areas in the southern Filipino region were also in total darkness because of power outage due to the continued dry spell. In Zamboanga City, many villages were without lights and black out can be as long as three hours every night.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating, according to the website

It said global landmarks such as the, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

Earth Hour 2010 took place on March 27 at 8.30 p.m. and was a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It was a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future.

Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to Asia to the Americas stood in darkness and people across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and joined together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – the planet. (Geo Solmerano and Karlos Manlupig contributed to this report.)

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