ANC goes black for Earth Hour 2009

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 28 2009 02:29 AM | Updated as of Mar 28 2009 10:29 AM

ANC announced Friday that it will be signing off for a full hour on Saturday in support of Earth Hour 2009, the movement that aims to reduce the world's power consumption and help solve climate change.

At exactly 8:30 p.m. on March 28, ANC will "switch off" from the air and will resume programming at 9:30 p.m.

In lieu of the event, ABS-CBN's documentary program "ANC Presents" will launch a live two-hour special on Earth Hour 2009, hosted by Tony Velasquez, which will tackle relevant aspects of the movement.

Starting at 8:00 p.m., the first segment of the two-hour special will feature news items on climate change as well as trivia on Earth Hour's history, goals, and pioneers. "LIVE POINTS" from key cities in Metro Manila and regions who will be joining Earth Hour will also be presented.

Velasquez will also interview representatives from the World Wildlife Fund and other environmental advocates.

At 9:30 p.m., the program will resume and provide an analysis of the event such as its value to environmental conservation efforts.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, where more than two million people and thousands of companies switched off their lights and reportedly reduced power consumption by about 10%. Currently, more than 2,000 cities and 82 countries around the globe have pledged to observe Earth Hour 2009.