Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: As the world celebrates the ninth edition of Earth Hour by switching off their lights for one straight hour, Delhi too joins in the celebrations marking India's seventh Earth Hour.
Prominent buildings in the national capital including the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Akshardham Temple on Saturday switched off the lights to mark India's seventh Earth Hour.
In addition, several markets, residential colonies and hotels too participated in the global movement against climate change as they switched off the lights between 8.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.
Residents at the estate were advised to turn off lights and electrical gadgets in their houses for an hour.
Lamps at the iconic Akshardham Temple on the banks of the Yamuna in east Delhi too blinked off for an hour.
Some hotels in the national capital too joined in.
The Suryaa hotel in south Delhi as well as the Leela hotel switched off their lights. The lobbies and restaurants at Suryaa were lit up by candles while a lantern making competition for all guests and staff was held as well.
WWF-India organised a Green Fair and a concert at Central Park in Connaught Place and WWF National Brand Ambassador, actor Arjun Kapoor too joined.
"Earth Hour was initiated by WWF to fight the acute threat that climate change poses. The campaign is truly a vehicle of change and has grown to garner the support of millions across the globe," he said.
The fair saw an all-day music event and also featured renewable energy products, organic food along with various "eco-friendly" items.
Switching off lights between 8.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. on the last Saturday of March, the Earth Hour is a global people's movement inspiring individuals from more than 7,000 cities across the globe and 150 in India, making it the largest voluntary movement ever witnessed in history, the WWF said.
"The campaign's messaging and open-source model encourages participation in a symbolic switch off and leads people to adopt sustainable practices in order to conserve the finite resources of our planet," said WWF-India secretary general and CEO Ravi Singh.
Taking forward the theme of renewable energy, WWF-India also launched the "SahasraJyoti" or "Beacon for the Sundarbans" initiative which aims at bringing sustainable development to the Sundarbans landscape in India, by enabling energy access to 1000 households in the region - all through solar energy.
Earth Hour was first observed in Sydney in 2007, in order to send a strong message calling for action on climate change and environmental conservation. India joined in 2009.
(With IANS inputs)