SM City Bacolod will join the global observance of Earth Hour 2011 with a ceremonial switch off of lights on Saturday, March 26 at 8:30pm at the mall’s North 1A Carpark. 

The event will kick off with a motorcade from the Capitol Lagoon to SM grounds at 5PM. It will be participated in by Earth Hour Core Group spearheaded by Colegio San Agustin Bacolod College of Engineering Dean Dr. Fely Altaguire, the Animo Drum Beaters and Eco-friendly Global e-bikes. The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) led by Mr. Valentin Talavero will conduct a lecture on the present environmental programs and issues in Negros Occidental.

There will be a pledge of commitment on actions to protect the environment by the provincial and city government and various organizations namely in Negros Occidental and Bacolod. The program will be highlighted by the Earth Hour Prayer and Vigil for Japan to be led by Fr. Chris Gonzales, a member of the Earth Hour Core Group. The official videos of Earth Hour 2011 and SM Supermalls Earth Hour will also be shown.

The Girl Scouts of the Philippines Negros Occidental Chapter will render the song “One Little Candle” as participants light their candles as a symbol of the province and city’s support to Earth Hour. SM Little Stars Champion Gabby Ramos will also lead the singing of the unity song “Heal the World” as government officials and group leaders sign the Earth Hour wall of commitment. There will also be pro-environment entertainment from the students of Colegio San Agustin Bacolod and E-models. The Bacolod MassKara Dancers will also perform during the program.

Part of the observance will be the exhibit of Eco-friendly Global e-bikes and Bag-O plastic bags from Bago City. The e-bikes aim to promote saving energy through the no gasoline, no smoke, no pollution and no noise mode of transportation. Through collection and segregation of old plastics, Bag-O plastic bags are made of used plastics crocheted by women from Bago City. Participants who will bring the most number of plastics will be given a Bag-o plastic Bag as a reward.

Earth Hour is a global movement that in 2010 saw hundreds of millions of people from community, business and government, all over the world joining together and switching off the lights for an hour in a show of support for environmental action. Earth Hour 2011 asks people and organizations to use the hour as a time to make a renewed commitment to take action for the planet beyond the hour.

Actions that have already been shared by organisations on the platform include: increasing recycling programs; promoting walking and cycling; planting trees in the local area; replacing all light globes with LED globes; restaurants opting to purchase only seasonal fruit and vegetables and aiming to compost 100 per cent of food waste; switching off the power in the office at lunch time; providing employees with LED light globes; ensuring all lights and computers are switched off every evening, and holding an Earth Hour once a month.

Earth Hour began in one city, in one country on Saturday 31 March 2007, when 2.2 million individuals in Sydney, Australia turned off their lights for one hour to stand up for action on climate change. Last year, hundreds of millions of people in 128 countries and territories and over 4,600 cities across the world participated in Earth Hour and many have chosen to go ‘beyond the hour’.
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