Friday, March 27, 2009
Total Darkness on March 28
Butuan City – Taking the first step is as easy as turning off a light, this is what the City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Forester Alexander Alaan reminded stakeholders in a symposium on Earth Hour held yesterday afternoon at the People’s Hall, city hall.
On March 28 at 8:30 in the evening, Butuan will join the one billion people around the globe, in more than 1000 cities from business, government and the community in switching off their lights for one hour, and sending a message to world leaders in the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009 the concern towards a commitment that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the short and long term benefit of planet Earth in order to avert widespread disastrous impacts especially in developing countries like the Philippines.
Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II with some guests and participants will lead on the night of March 28 for a short program at the Rizal Park. A few minutes after the scheduled switching off of lights, a police siren will be heard signaling the start of the countdown and at exactly 8:30, lights will be switched off. A ceremonial switch will be prepared at the Rizal Park.
The city government aims for a total darkness in the city's main thoroughfares, landmarks and large establishments, and hopes a 100 percent support from residents.