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Updated: April 1, 2012 02:27 IST

Where darkness throws light on a global issue

Bindu Shajan Perappadan
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Top) Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi with full lights and (below) after the lights were switched off to mark Earth Hour on Saturday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
THE HINDU Top) Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi with full lights and (below) after the lights were switched off to mark Earth Hour on Saturday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Many opt to put out lights for an hour at 8.30 p.m.

Many Delhiites opted to switch off their lights for an hour at 8-30 p.m. on Saturday as part of Earth Hour-2012 and became part of the world's largest voluntary action for contributing towards a sustainable environment.

Various businesses establishments and communities joined in this voluntary act to spread the message of hope and action to protect the one thing that unites us all — the planet.

Rashtrapati Bhavan too switched off all lights in the building's exterior. Other popular landmarks, including India Gate, Qutub Minar and the Red Fort, national defence establishments, universities, several hotels, cinema complexes and few shopping malls across the city also participated in the event.

Social networking sites burst into action minutes before the ‘switch-off' time, with environment action groups urging the people to contribute towards joining in this voluntary initiative.

WWF initiative

The Earth Hour is an initiative of WWF and is listed amongst the largest mass movement for awareness on reducing carbon footprints. “Last year, a total of 5,251 cities were part of Earth Hour and 1.8 billion people participated in the campaign. This hour-long campaign is organised annually on the last Saturday of March. This year, we hope to reach out and include more people in our movement,'' said an official of WWF-Delhi.

Said Rashmi Pal, an employee at the Capital Le Meridien: “We had switched off all major lights in the hotel and in areas where this wasn't possible we dimmed the lights by 40 to 60 per cent. The guests were informed earlier about the hotel's participation in Earth Hour celebrations and we got a very good response from them. The central lawn of the hotel was lit up with candles and the guests were invited to participate in the celebrations here.”

Celestial view

The Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) set up telescopes at India Gate between 7.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. for the public to view celestial objects.

“Very often too much light pollution in metropolitan cities allows those living in the urban areas to see only the Moon and few other celestial objects even in clear skies, and the Earth Hour, we thought, would be a good opportunity to help members of the general public take a look at the views of the night sky through telescopes to become more aware of how much more you can see when ambient lights are lower,” said an official with SPACE.

Every day we celebrate Earth Hours for hours together in rural India .Love to see Delhi people switch off there lights . Our switching off is centrally managed.

from:  Milan
Posted on: Apr 3, 2012 at 12:04 IST

No Sameer I don't agree with you.Earth hour was celebrated this time more as a token of our love for mother earth than just a formality.This to be seen as a part of more awareness towards saving our planet which is facing some biggest challeges like global warming and Climate change.

from:  Ms.Farhat Bakhsh
Posted on: Apr 2, 2012 at 09:29 IST

In Tamil nadu we celibate this daily with 8 hours of power cut...

from:  Arvind
Posted on: Apr 2, 2012 at 07:25 IST

Sir I am educated man and I want to ask why do we follow earth hour when we are already facing 6 hrs of power cut . Should this be told in a different way than 6 hrs of day time power shortage.We oppose nuclear power plants....and follow earth hours.....what a joke!. Moreover, I have lived abroad, I have seen apartments using gober gas from their own septic tanks to generate power and heating during winters now looking at how many we have in a single apartment in India. Why don't we have such systems.

from:  Sai
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 16:17 IST

this is a combine great effort to lessen the advert thinking behind global warning and gives a better relaxed intuitions which is applied globally............

from:  ashish verma
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 15:44 IST

This is a great campaign; during the one hour people could have conversed with their neighbors, family members, friends and inspired on the relationships!
Hope people understand the necessity to seek alternate means to the electric power dependancy to have a happy & peacefull life.

from:  Siva
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 11:12 IST

At one side people were switching off electricity light and at another side they were lighting the candles. What does it mean?

from:  Viral Patel
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 08:41 IST

this is not a good news. The underlying agenda is to promote carbon tax.
The same things have happened in Australia few years back before carbon tax was introduced.
Now don't get me wrong, its good to use minimum electricity, recycle stuff etc, but things like earth hour headed by WWF (which is funded by private corporations) is not good. Their purpose is to manipulate people so that we agree to pay a carbon tax.

from:  Sameer
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 06:52 IST
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