The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region VIII is encouraging everyone to join the Earth Hour by switching off lights this March 28, Saturday, from 8:30 – 9:30 P.M.

This campaign for people to turn off lights and electrical appliances is a response to the call for action on climate change.

The DENR stresses that this simple act will lessen the emissions generated from carbon dioxide and fossil fuel, which are significantly contributing to climate change.

Besides giving the planet this one-hour break, the DENR also urges the public to eliminate wasteful consumption of electricity every single day and adopt the advocacy of the ‘Earth Hour’ into their daily activities. “Let this be one of your ways in making a stand for the planet”, DENR 8 Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr. says.

This year, the observance of Earth Hour is expected to mark a moment of solidarity for climate, nature, and health in the midst of the global COVID-19 crisis.

In light of this public health emergency due to the spread of corona virus, the public is reminded to participate in the observance of ‘Earth Hour’ at home. Organizing events that would convene participants in one venue is discouraged.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia as an awareness campaign about climate change. In this event, more than 2.2 million people and 2,000 businesses have participated to switch off the light in support of Mother Nature. Today, it is considered as one of the largest mass participation for the Earth.