Glow-in-the-dark Zumba for Earth Hour 2015
MANILA, Philippines – While the world switches off for 60 minutes on Saturday, March 28, everyone is invited to join a glow-in-the-dark Zumba session at the Quezon City Memorial Circle.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, the group behind Earth Hour, wants participants to come in glow-in-the-dark Earth Hour shirts or neon sports attire.
The Zumba session will be from 8:30 to 9:30 pm to coincide with Earth Hour.
Earth Hour, one of the most popular environmental celebrations, asks participants from all over the world to turn off their lights, electronic devices and appliances for one hour.
First organized in 2007, Earth Hour is now celebrated in more than 7,000 cities and 162 countries.
The act is supposed to symbolize support for solutions to climate change, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable lifestyles.
But through the years, Earth Hour organizers have added fundraising activities for concrete programs that address sustainability issues, environmental degradation and global warming.
For instance, this year's Earth Hour Philippines celebration seeks to raise funds for WWF's Gift of Light project which aims to provide solar-powered lamps to remote villages in Northern Palawan.
Last year's Earth Hour supported other projects, including a plastic ban in the Galapagos Island, tree-planting in Kazakhstan, and the provision of fiberglass boats to fishermen affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).
QC event program
The Earth Hour Philippines main event in Quezon City Memorial Circle will begin at 4:30 pm.
Participants can go for glow-in-the-dark face painting by Islands Souvenirs. Local drink brand Bayani Brew will provide refreshments. Kids will also enjoy an inflatable planetarium.
At 5 pm, the program will begin with a musical parade. Performers include the Ryan Cayabyab Singers, the Performing arts Students of Quezon City, Aqualed Light Drummers and the LPP Tron LED Dance Troupe.
The program will be hosted by WWF-Philippines ambassadors Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez, and Earth Hour Philippines Ambassador Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski.
Aside from joining the main event, WWF-Philippines also encourages other ways of celebrating Earth Hour.
“A quiet evening with your family, reflecting on the important roles we play in fighting climate change is a great way to celebrate the hour,” says Earth Hour Philippines National Director Gia Ibay.
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