Lights to go off for `Earth Hour` on March 27
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 16:11
New Delhi: Delhi and Mumbai will be leading India in observing the annual 'Earth Hour' initiative -- one of the largest global campaigns to combat climate change -- by switching off lights and other electrical equipment for one hour on March 27.

Organised by World Wide Fund for Nature, the 'Earth Hour' is celebrated across major cities of the world on the last Saturday of March annually to pledge support for protecting the environment.

Pledging her support to the initiative, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, herself a strong votary of eco-friendly measures, said the city will switch off its non-essential lights for one hour from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on March 27 to make the event a great success.

"I can assure you that all the households can have romantic candle light dinners sitting at their homes," Dikshit said addressing a function organised by the WWF as part of its campaign to make the initiative a grand success in India.

Brand Ambassador of the initiative in India Abhishek Bachchan said, "As responsible citizens of the planet, it is extremely crucial for all of us to address the problem of climate change through ensuring responsible action and adopting a sustainable way of life."

Abhishek said he would ask the film fraternity to switch off lights in studios and in shooting locations to pledge support for the initiative.

"It is a matter of pride for me that I am associated with this prestigious campaign. It's time that we take a collective pledge and take one simple step to switch off the lights on March 27 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm," Abhishek said.

"My whole family will also support this wonderful initiative," he added.

Dikshit said Delhi Government would ask shopping malls, restaurants, educational institutions and the people to switch off their lights for one hour to observe the Earth Hour.

The WWF India said the event will also be celebrated in Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangaluru, Chennai and Kolkata, apart from several other cities where people will be urged to turn off the lights in their homes and offices for a hour.

It said Delhi and Mumbai will be leading the country in making the campaign a success in India. Both the cities had observed the event last year and saved a total of 1,000 MW of power.

Started in Sydney in Australia in 2007, the 'Earth Hour' had become a global event in 2008 with participation of 35 countries.

India joined the Earth Hour campaign last year. Delhi alone had saved 700 MW of power by supporting the campaign.

In 2009, millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4,000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off lights to pledge their support for saving the planet.


First Published: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 16:11

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