On the last Saturday of March every year, 7,000 cities and 152 countries switch off their lights for one hour in the biggest movement for the planet in the entire history of mankind.
We call this Earth Hour and it closely coincides with the equinox to make sure that the earth is blanketed in total darkness. More than just a symbolic action of turning off the lights for one full hour, Earth Hour is a movement that aims to inspire individuals and organizations to take action in helping create a better future for the planet.
Earth Hour started seven years ago and the Philippines has been participating since 2008. In Cagayan de Oro, the first city-wide Earth Hour event was observed in 2009 with spectacular performances followed by the symbolic switching off of lights at Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City.
How can you participate this year?
There are different ways to participate, but first and foremost is to switch off the lights in your home and office from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Saturday, March 29.
Here are other ways to support Earth Hour.
- Spread the word and be an Earth Hour advocate. Tell your friends, family, colleagues, and everyone you know to switch off. You can do this through your social media accounts. In Facebook, there is an app called City Switch Off that you can use to invite your friends.
- Join the Earth Hour celebration at SM City CDO. Fanfare, performances, and loads of fun and entertainment await you at SM City Cagayan de Oro. Bring your friends and family and join the countdown to 8:30 PM!
In uptown Cagayan de Oro, Primavera Residences, the multi-awarded green property in Mindanao will take part in Earth Hour 2014. You too can do your share and be a superhero for the planet, just like this year’s Earth Hour ambassador Spider-Man. But remember to do your part and make a difference not only for that one hour, but beyond Earth Hour as well.
Learn more about the first green condominium in Cagayan de Oro by clicking here.