Quezon City -Philippines
The Quezon City government has called on all city residents to join the annual observance of Earth Hour as part of the worldwide movement to raise awareness on global warning. The switch-off will start at 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on March 29.
Earth Hour is a grass-roots movement involving more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide. It encourages individuals, households, communities, and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.
In support of this environmental action, the QC Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department will conduct a free photography workshop for QC college students, with a short training seminar and a photo tour inside the Quezon Memorial Circle.
The city government has continuously worked on reducing the effects of climate change, including global warming, and attained the following:
- Spearheaded the Green Building Ordinance with incentives for land conservation and sustainable water, energy and material use. Through this ordinance, building work permits now require green building certification
- Implemented ordinances regulating the use of plastic bags, to reduce plastic waste in the city’s waterways and drainage systems, and thus prevent clogging and floods
- Initiated the conversion of streetlights to more energy-efficient LED lighting, as part of the World Bank’s Carbon Finance Capacity Building Program
To further support these initiatives, Mayor Herbert M. Bautista was chosen as a panelist and resource person at the Berlin, Germany Expert Talks on Globalization in January 2011. He was also invited at the 2nd World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change and 2011 Forum on Resilient Cities organized by the ICLEI global association of sustainable cities in June 2011 in Bonn, Germany.
The mayor also joined international urban leaders in The Global Cities Covenant on Climate – “The Mexico City Pact”, in 2010 which aims to advance efforts on climate change.
The World Bank also included the city in the eco2 Cities (Ecological Cities as Economic Cities) Initiative, which promotes an environmentally conscious approach to development.
Among the country’s cities, Quezon City has been regarded as the first Urban Center to comply with the country’s Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
Quezon City: http://www.quezoncity.gov.ph/