Hundreds of citizens in the municipality of Caguas, Puerto Rico, celebrated Earth Hour in the public square R. Palmer. Puerto Ricans gathered to demonstrate their commitment in the fight against climate change, promoting the saving of electricity and the reduction of light pollution.
After Hurricane Maria
Guillermo Rivera Cruz, director of Environmental Affairs of Caguas, during the event said:
"This year, turning off the lights takes on a greater importance because after Hurricane Maria a large part of our city has no electricity”.
Rivera reported that 40% of the population in Caguas does not have this service and stressed the importance of finding other alternatives to produce energy such as solar panels and the energy generated by cheaper air currents.
As part of the event program, there was a planting of Malagueta Trees (Pimenta racemosa), a medicinal plant that is used for the friction of blows, fatigue, headaches, among others.
Shanten Quiñones de Jesús, a citizen of the municipality said: "We are still overcoming Hurricane Maria, but we must get up with a new awareness and take care of our planet, how to learn to live in the same place with our family".
The inhabitants of Caguas, the fifth most populous municipality in Puerto Rico, enjoyed a day of music, theater and environmental education. The celebration ended with an hour of darkness to give Mother Earth a room to breathe.