On March 27, at 8:30pm local time, the Philippines turned off their lights as a statement to Shape the Future of the planet for this year’s Earth Hour. For 16 years, this worldwide grassroots movement has been a voice for individuals, groups, and organizations to raise awareness for the planet’s declining health and nature. Similar to the last two years, Earth Hour 2022 was also celebrated remotely online.
This year’s symbolic switch-off is a call to action for individuals to step towards living sustainably and for companies and governments to help build an equitable, nature-positive and net-zero carbon future.
The Department of Energy reported that a total of 65.32 megawatts (MW) were saved for the entire country during the one-hour switch-off of non-essential lights, with the largest savings of 35.26 MW from Luzon, followed by 15.3 MW for Mindanao, and 14.76 MW for Visayas.
“With all our personal concerns and the troubles we experience within our own communities, we rarely think about what’s happening in our nature. However, we are already experiencing the consequences of climate change, biodiversity loss, and unchecked pollution,” Atty. Angela Ibay, WWF-Philippines National Director for Earth Hour and head of Climate and Energy Program, said.
“It’s high time for us to move and prevent the decline of our nature for the sake of the next generation. While we make our own personal efforts to stop the grave results from happening, we should also call on leaders to be more responsible and take dire steps for the sake of the planet,” Ibay said.
Public figures, celebrities, organizations, and businesses from across the globe joined the movement in highlighting what the planet needs and what people can do to urgently prevent the loss of nature by 2030.
“The Philippines has one of the highest biodiversity of wildlife in the world. It’s also a nation full of stunning natural sceneries, destinations, and forests, home to more than 53,000 species, with half of them can only be found in the country. But many of our flora and fauna are already listed as critically endangered, endangered, threatened, or vulnerable,” Ibay said.
“That’s why it’s important for Filipinos to participate in Earth Hour as a commitment to preserve and protect the country’s natural treasures and to give the future generations a beautiful, sustainable, and healthier home planet,” she added.