Among seven participating Philippine cities, three cities have qualified as finalists to the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) 2015-2016, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) announced on March 12. These cities are Makati City, Santa Rosa City, Laguna, and San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.
The carbonn Climate Registry (cCR), a reporting platform managed by ICLEI served as an instrument for participating cities to showcase their respective commitments and actions on climate change mitigation and adaptation. In addition, WWF-Philippines and ICLEI SEAS supported the seven Philippine cities through the delivery of workshops in preparation for their participation to the EHCC. These workshops enhanced the understanding of cities on the basics of climate science and fundamentals of GHG inventory that enabled them to identify reportable commitments and actions to the cCR as entries to the EHCC. The workshops were delivered within a period of one month and continuous support was given to the designated city focal persons throughout the allotted reporting period that ended on 13 November 2015.
The cities qualified as finalists can also engage and gain the active support of their respective constituents through the We Love Cities campaign. Cities can utilize various social media platforms for promotion. The public can also visit the We Love Cities webpage (www.welovecities.org) to vote for their cities as well as provide suggestions on how they can further enhance their commitments and actions. The campaign will run from April 26 to June 19, 2016. The Global Earth Hour Capital 2015-2016 and We Love Cities Award Recipient will be declared on October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.