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By switching off, Bangalore switches on Earth Hour today

Staff Reporter
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Lights out in malls, hotels, companies and even homes

The hour that counts:Activities and workshops are being organised across the city to uphold the spirit of Earth Hour. —File Photo
The hour that counts:Activities and workshops are being organised across the city to uphold the spirit of Earth Hour. —File Photo

Malls, companies and hotels will join hands to observe Earth Hour across the city on Saturday with simple gestures like switching off the lights for an hour or organising awareness programmes or workshops.

Earth Hour, a global campaign created by the WWF-India, motivates governments, businesses, communities and individuals to take a stand against climate change in one crucial hour by uniting the world through the collective action of switching off non-essential lights.

Going ‘powerless’

‘Turn off the lights’ will be the line of the day for many.

Infosys, which has been participating in the Earth Hour campaign for the last six years, is having a centrally co-ordinated 60-minute power switch off across all its development centres (DCs) between 8.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.

Walkathon

An employee walkathon, where Infosys volunteers will walk across the campus and encourage other employees to adopt sustainable living practices, has also been planned.

IT company Virtusa has requested employees to shut down their systems across its centres in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. and join the discussion on energy conservation at that time.

Canon India is adopting a one-hour lights-out policy where all lights at its offices and the Canon neon signage at international airports will be switched off.

A release said it observes a yearlong extension of the Earth Hour with ‘de-light days’ on Wednesdays, where employees leave office at 5.30 p.m. every Wednesday with an aim to save electricity.

Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, in tune with this year’s theme, ‘Uniting people to protect the planet’, will have candles lit for the evening while prominent areas of the lounge will have LED lighting, a release said.


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