The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Eastern Visayas is urging everyone in the region to join millions of people around the world in marking Earth Hour on March 27, 2021, 8:30-9:30 P.M.

The Earth Hour campaign encourages people and business establishments to switch off lights and non-essential electrical appliances as a way of speaking up for nature and supporting the global call for action against climate change and its impact to biodiversity and health.

“In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, switching off lights for Earth Hour is a symbolic gesture of our commitment to the planet. Let’s learn our lessons from the pandemic - nature is essential to human existence, we are interlinked. Its state affects our well-being, therefore taking part in collective actions that create a positive impact for the environment should be our concern”, DENR VIII Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr. says.

Observed globally for over a decade, Earth Hour has led successful campaigns towards a healthy and livable planet. This year, the campaign is anchored on a theme “Speak Up for Nature #Connect2Earth”. This carries a vision to always do more for our one and only planet, especially with the urgent threat of biodiversity loss affecting human health.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million residents switched off the lights of their homes and offices in order to pledge their support to saving the environment. The trend soon caught on and several other countries participated across the globe in the initiative. At present, there are more than 180 countries that actively observe Earth Hour every year.