The only sound in the hall on Thursday afternoon was of dozens of still cameras as they shot frame after frame, of the celebrity signing a pledge to contribute her might to save Earth by switching off electrical appliances/gadgets for an hour on March 23.
And soon after leaving her signature on the pledge, she spoke into the microphone, “Love your planet, don’t just live on it,” drawing applause.
That was actress Shruti Hassan joining hands with WWF-India in support of Earth Hour, the agency’s global campaign to raise awareness and inspire individual action on climate change.
The daughter of actor Kamal Hassan who shot to the limelight with the Pavan Kalyan-starrer ‘Gabbar Singh’ that became a runaway success last year, spoke eloquently in English saying how easy it was to save a few hundred megawatts of power in each city by switching off appliances for an hour on just one day.
“I am happy flagging off this initiative from Hyderabad-A.P., and while I know it is a small step, a number of such steps will surely make a big difference. We cannot move to Mars or Pluto, so we have no alternative except to do our best to save Mother Earth,” Ms. Shruti said, flashing a dazzling smile.
Farida Tampal, State Coordinator A.P. for WWF-India said the movement to Switch Off was catching up with the number of people signing up growing by leaps and bounds, year after year since 2009.
Mamta K. Singh of the Taj Hotels, said Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces was happy supporting Earth Hour for the past four years.
Later Ms. Shruti felicitated two Earth Hour heroes – Pavan Kumar MNS, CEO, Software Technology Parks of India, Kakinada and Maj. Shivakiran of Sukuku Exnore, Hyderabad, for their contribution to the movement.