MANILA, March 14, 2016— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila is calling the faithful to give the planet Earth “a little rest” by taking part in the worldwide observance of the “Earth Hour”.
He said the event is a great opportunity for people to take a simple step to show that they care about the environment.
This year, Earth Hour will take place on Saturday, March 19 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, as part of a global symbolic demand for action on climate change.
Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, the annual event is marked by governments, citizens, and environment activists who turn off the electricity for an hour.
Now on it’s 9th year, the campaign seeks to remind people of the need to cut the use of fossil fuels and protect Mother Earth.
“Let’s turn off our appliances and other things that use electricity to give our world a little rest,” Cardinal Tagle said.
Echoing Pope Francis’ call for “ecological justice”, he said the people should show that they care for the environment and help reduce the impacts of climate change.
For five straight years, the Philippines has remained the“Hero Country” for having the highest number of participating towns and cities in the Earth Hour campaign. (CBCPNews)