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Earth Hour 2021: Join zero carbon initiatives via Globe

As the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, Earth Hour brings together millions around the globe to clamor for a sustainable future at 8:30 PM on the last Saturday of March. Image credit: @Day's Edge Productions / WWF-US
Image credit: @Day’s Edge Productions / WWF-US

As the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, Earth Hour brings together millions around the globe to clamor for a sustainable future at 8:30 PM on the last Saturday of March.

In support of Earth Hour, Philippine telco Globe Telecom has not only launched sustainability programs with employees and partners, but also is enabling customers to take part in zero carbon initiatives through its products and services. Here are some of the ways Globe customers can support Earth Hour, which takes place tomorrow, March 27, at 8:30 PM local time.

Donate Globe Rewards points

Image credit: Screenshot of The Mead Foundation site
Image credit: Screenshot of The Mead Foundation site

Be part of the rainforestation advocacy by supporting Globe’s rainforestation initiatives through your Globe Rewards points. Globe supports Hineleban Foundation for the rainforestation of denuded primary forests in Bukidnon and Lanao del Sur. It has already raised a total of Php15.6 million, equivalent to 156 hectares of reforestation sites planted with calliandra as pioneer species coupled with multiple native trees such as narra, white lauan, balsa, bitaog, and ulayan.

Every 100 Rewards points donation is equivalent to one tree. To donate, just download the Globe Rewards app on your mobile device and click the “DONATE” banner. Tap “HINELEBAN100” and press “REDEEM”.

The company also engaged in a long-term partnership with The Mead Foundation for the reforestation of upland forests in Iba, Zambales in collaboration with the local Indigenous Peoples community. To support, go to https://mead-foundation.org/trees/ and scan the QR code using your GCASH app. Every Php100 donation is equivalent to one native tree planted.

Reforest using GCash

Image credit: Screenshot of GForest certificate on GCash app
Image credit: Screenshot of GForest certificate on GCash app

Every successful GCash transaction earns you equivalent green energy in GForest. You can collect green energy by linking your health accounts, switching to online GCash transactions, and reducing your carbon footprint.

With enough green energy, you can plant a virtual tree and a real tree will be planted on your behalf by partner local communities.

Help rebuild Philippine forests and protect our remaining watersheds. Download the app now via Google Play and App Store or go directly to https://www.gcash.com/gforest/.

Enroll in paperless billing

Globe actively encourages its customers to shift to electronic billing in order to reduce paper consumption and decrease environmental footprint.

In addition, by automating and migrating to a paperless process, the company was able to save over 781 tons of paper, equivalent to saving 18,753 trees, in 2020.

Join E-waste Zero program

E-waste Zero is Globe´s environmental program focused on the responsible disposal and recycling of electronic waste. The program was formerly called “Project 1 Phone” and remains a platform for everyone to donate their old, non-working electronic devices via participating Globe stores, select malls, and offices of partner organizations.

Since its launch in 2014, Globe has worked with more than 66 corporations, private organizations, non-government organizations, and schools nationwide. To date, more than 1.4 million kilograms of e-waste have been donated, collected and recycled responsibly.

You may drop your e-waste items in more than 120 locations nationwide. To see the full list of drop-off points or request for free door-to-door pickups, go to Globe’s Sustainability website.

Switch to renewable energy

Conserve energy by being mindful of your power consumption. Turn off lights and home appliances when not in use and, if possible, shift to renewable energy by using solar panels.

Similarly, Globe is constantly finding ways to reduce its impact to the environment by shifting to renewable or clean energy sources. In 2020, a total of seven key sites have totally shifted to clean energy sources which is a milestone for the company since it started its efforts on decarbonizing its facilities. It has also decommissioned legacy machines to ensure only energy efficient systems are in place for its operations.

Globe has been supporting Earth Hour since it was first held in 2007. This year, Globe will again participate by turning off lights and non-critical equipment in its offices and key facilities during the global event on Saturday. Through this action, the company hopes to encourage the public to continuously look for ways to live and operate sustainably.