Updated: Apr 15, 2020
By Christine Nicolas, Rotaract Club of Rizal Centro
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rotaractors from the Rotaract Clubs of Rotary International District 3800 showed their support, commitment and solidarity for Earth Hour 2020 as they simultaneously switched off the lights in their respective homes and did a video conference on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 8:30 in the evening.
Earth Hour is the World Wide Fund Project for Nature's flagship environmental campaign that was started in Sydney in 2007. It has become one of the world's largest movements for the environment, inspiring and encouraging individuals, communities, businesses and organizations to take tangible environmental action.
This year, Earth Hour went exclusively online and was marked digitally because of the COVID-19 contagion. Hence, Rotaractors used the social media as a campaign platform.
More than five active Messenger Group chat rooms within the district served as venues where Rotaractors simultaneously conducted a video conference while all the lights were switched off. Rotaractors offered a prayer and shared their stand about the environment and climate change. The group chats were participated by Rotaract presidents, club members, and district officers.
Rotaractors in the district aspire to be environmental warriors. Most of the flagship projects of the clubs focus on climate action. Earth Hour has been the main venue for demonstrating Rotaractors' sincere commitment to sustain the conservation and protection of the environment. Such commitment must go beyond Earth Hour and into all the days of the year.