Earth Hour 2017 in the Philippines is almost here! The worldwide movement aimed at promoting sustainable consumption is all set to happen on Saturday, March 25 at 8:30 pm. This year, it focuses on motivating the youth to be climate leaders of the future. There's also a special switch-off event at 7 pm at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex on Seaside Blvd. in Pasay City. Read on to learn more about it.

Check out the three fast facts about #EarthHourPH2017 below:

1. Switch off lights from 8:30 pm-9:30 pm, local time

Landmarks, businesses, communities, homes and individuals around the world are encouraged to switch off their non-essential lights for Earth Hour 2017 on Saturday from 8:30 pm-9:30 pm, local time. This serves as a symbol of commitment to save the planet by reducing energy consumption, among other things.

Meanwhile, #EarthHourPH2017's main switch-off event will start at 7 pm and will last until 10 pm. It will be held at MOA's SM by the Bay. It's interesting to note that during the event, human energy will be used to light up an image of the Earth. This highlights the importance of unity and sends the message that by working together, Filipinos can shed light on climate action.

"We continue to engage and encourage the public to emphasize that together, we thrive," Joel Palma, WWF-Philippines President and chief executive officer (CEO), said in a statement.

Families are advised to stay at home and observe the Earth Hour through low-carbon means, as part of the movement's goal to promote climate solutions. However, should they still wish to go to MOA for the switch-off event, they are asked to observe cleanliness and maintain proper decorum. 

2. There will be an Exhibit and Earth Hour Camp at 4 pm 

Aside from the switch-off event, there will also be other activities that guests can participate in such as the Exhibit and Earth Hour Camp at 4 pm. It will have interactive booths designed to help spread the word about renewable energy, climate adaptation and mitigation. These include booths for disaster go-bag preparation, native tree planting and renewable energy technologies.

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) National Youth Council (NYC) Chairperson Alexa Cancio and WWF National Ambassador Marc Nelson led the launch of the Earth Hour 2017 celebration on March 8 at the Discovery Suites in Ortigas Center. On the actual switch-off event, NYC members will lead the Earth Hour Camp. Plus, the official WWF-Philippines song will be introduced along with two new WWF Youth Ambassadors.

Earth Hour 2017 theme

"While the theme of Earth Hour remains at Shining a Light on Climate Action, we took to heart the role of the youth as the key to further propel the country into a climate-resilient one," Palma added.

3. Earth Hour is celebrating its 10th year of promoting climate action.

The popular movement for the planet, coordinated by the WWF and other volunteer organizations, started as a simple lights-off event in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Since then, it has grown massively with lots of towns and cities around the world participating in it annually. It will be the Earth Hour's 10th anniversary this year.

Earth Hour 2017 is made possible through the support of SM Supermalls, SM by the Bay, SM Cares, Pure Energy Holdings Corporation, Philips Lighting Electronics Inc., Bambike Ecotours, BNB Racks, Summit Natural Drinking Water and the Energy Development Corporation (EDC).

Hashtags #EarthHourPH2017 and #ChangeClimateChange

Social media is expected to play a big part in the upcoming Earth Hour event. Participants are asked to donate their Facebook (FB) feeds to spread climate awareness and action. The use of the hashtags #EarthHourPH2017 and #ChangeClimateChange are also encouraged when sharing photos on social media accounts, including FB, Twitter and Instagram. 

"Earth Hour is definitely more than just the symbolic switch-off," Earth Hour Philippines National Director Atty. Gia Ibay said in a statement. "as it aims to bring concrete solutions, at a time when the challenges of climate change and environmental issues are all too real, yet showing the power of collective climate action."

We're ONE DAY to the largest environmental movement our planet has seen. Will you join in and take a stand for our shared home? #EarthHourPH2017 #ChangeClimateChange

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Watch the Earth Hour videos below:

Source: YouTube/Earth Hour

What do you think of Earth Hour 2017? Will you heed the call for climate action, which includes sustainable consumption of the planet's resources? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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