Earth Hour 2014
EARTH HOUR CELEBRATION 2014
DENR bagged 3rd Place in the Lantern Making Contest
Earth hour is an international celebration that encourages all cities and towns around the world to turn off their lights for one hour. This collective action is a powerful message to the people and governments that action needs to be done to mitigate global change. The city government of San Fernando, La Union together with government line agencies, Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and participating educational institutions celebrated Earth Hour 2014, dubbed Earth Hour Blue last March 29, 2014 with this year’s theme focused on the Endangered Animals of the Philippines in order to educate the people and the community on how Climate Change has threatened our wildlife.
This year the city government of San Fernando, La Union chooses to celebrate Earth Hour with a twist by holding a Street Party with a short program, entertainment and a street parade. The main event is the Lantern Making Contest of which participants showcased their innovations and creativity by creating endangered animal species found in the Philippines made from environmental friendly materials and lighted with LED bulbs. Another activity is the Glow in the Dark Body and Face Paint Contest and Fireflies of the North participated by the bikers of La Union. All participants of the contest-float with lanternsglow in the dark and face paint contestants while different drum and lyre corps, joined the parade after the ceremonial switch-off of lights at precisely 08:30 PM in downtown San Fernando City. The dark but festive and colorful parade, which ended at 9:30 PM is highlighted with the lighting of 60 candles which symbolizes one hour of energy conservation. Prizes were then awarded to the respective winners in the various contests. The DENR Regional Office I with a Green Sea Turtle (Pawikan) entry in the Lantern Making Contest bagged the 3rd prize and the People’s Choice Award, the top prize went to South Central Elementary School with a Flying Dragon entry and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) bagged the 2nd prize with a Mantra Ray entry. The signing of covenant/commitment made of tarpaulin by all participants and other celebrators concluded the very significant and unique celebration of Earth Hour 2014 right in the City after dark but bright in the eyes of the people and participants.
The celebration of Earth Hour is everyone’s commitment to promote environmental awareness. This year, the Earth is Going Blue, your power amplified, multiplied and globalized.