The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines or CBCP is urging Filipinos around the world to join in the Earth Hour celebrations on March 27, 8:30 PM.
In an interview with Radio Veritas, CBCP Vice President and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said that the Earth Hour is an opportunity for everyone to show their concern and love for the environment. (Read: CBCP Launches Nationwide Program for the Care of Environment)
“Participation in the Earth Hour is a sign of one’s concern for the environment,” said Bishop David. “It is a wonderful initiative started by the World Wildlife Fund that has become the largest confederation of all ecological movements in the world.”
According to Bishop David, it is everyone’s duty to care more for the environment— especially because there is only one world we live in. “There is no Planet B. We only have one so we must take care of it,” he said.
“When we destroy it, we, in effect, are destroying the future of the next generation. We do not want the future generation to blame us for destroying the only home that we have,” the bishop added.
Earth Hour is an initiative by the World Wildlife Fund that started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then, numerous advocacy groups have started to participate in the activity which soon became a global initiative. (Read: Apo Reef’s Endangered Sea Turtles Increase in Numbers During Lockdown)
For this year, the observance of the Earth Hour is scheduled for March 27, Saturday, at 8:30 PM. For one hour, participants from all around the world will turn off their lights as a sign of their solidarity with advocacies that call for the care of the environment.