When Australia first started putting out their light for an hour as an environmental action, nobody dreamed that this little act symbolizing support to protect our planet would grow bigger and is now practiced in almost 180 countries and 7000 cities in the world. Earth Hour surely has come a long way.
For this year, the world-wide theme “#Connect 2Earth” aims to raise awareness on the crucial importance of biodiversity. We, as community, family or nations depends greatly to it and by now we should help on how we can conserve and preserve our own diversity and inspire actions on healthy forests, plastic-free oceans, wildlife conservation and sustainable business.
In Bulacan, SM Malls in Marilao, San Jose Del Monte, Pulilan and Baliwag each have ingenious ways of celebrating the Earth Hour last March 24, 2018. By taking part in the celebration, they want to convey their deeper commitment and to drive mass awareness that biodiversity is greatly affected by climate change and we need to act now.
SM City San Jose Del Monte
SM City San Jose Del Monte calls for action to recycle and reduce waste consumption. For its second year of participation, SM City San Jose Del Monte collected hundreds of household tin cans that were repurposed into lanterns. Tiny holes in the tin can lanterns created gorgeous, scattered light patterns of flowers, trees, animals and sea creatures that reminded audience of conservation.
During the switch off, SM City San Jose Del Monte Assistant Mall Manager Arch Nelson Lopez reminded shoppers that, “Earth Hour should not just a one-time, big-time, once-a-year event. Our Earth Hour should be every hour, every day.”
SM City Marilao
At SM City Marilao, a field of solar powered light installation made of bamboo, recycled cables and light- emitting diode or LED bulbs brightened up their front garden. Inspired by nature, the creative use of light art aims to evoke awareness on climate change and to provide an imaginative focal point on recycling as well as environmental protection.
You will be amazed how the hundred blooms looks real especially at night mostly because the blooms were complemented by 4 feet of illuminated dandelions which are all solar powered.
The magic garden offers guests the opportunity to enjoy not only the beauty of nature but also to connect and experience it in a unique and mesmerizing way.
“SM’s celebration of Earth Hour is more than an annual tradition of turning off the lights but also a platform where we hope people can understand their great role as stewards of the environment” SM City Marilao Mall Manager Bernadette Velasco said.
SM City Baliwag
Concerted efforts in saving the environment are needed to bring significant and positive change to the earth, so shared by SM City Baliwag Mall Manager Andrew Cristobal.
Having a 16 feet Glow in the Dark String Art Installation that decorated the SM City Baliwag, SM wants the community to be reminded how things in earth is interconnected because all of us share one home and one planet. Understanding interconnectedness is one of the keys in solving earth’s pressing challenges.
SM Center Pulilan
A mural of candles depicting the Earth Hour and World Wildlife Fund Logo was lit in the foreground of SM Center Pulilan. Participants in the event also showed their commitment to save the planet through a Pledge for the Environment led by SM City Pulilan’s Assistant Mall Manager Apple De Leon.
Earth Hour is not the only environmental participation done by SM Supermalls. For years now, they are also focused on energy efficiency and sustainable practices such as water conservation, solid waste management and air quality projects including SM Cares environmental programs through education and awareness. SM also do regular Clean-up Drives and Trash to Cash activities as part of involving the community in saving the earth.