Special Correspondent

KOCHI: Exnora, a non-government organisation engaged in environmental activities, has launched a campaign to create awareness on global warming. Called ‘99999 lights out’, the campaign calls for switching off of lights for 9 minutes at 9 p.m. on the September 9.

The campaign has already begun in different cities. School children have been carrying out the campaign in Kochi, according to Mathew Jose, project manager of the organisation. Display of posters and organisation of quiz programmes and rallies are among the activities being held as part of the campaign.

The activists of the organisation conducted a poster exhibition at the food mela being held at Marine Drive as part of the Onam celebrations hosted by the district administration. A quiz programme was held at the children’s park.

Exnora International began as an environmental movement in 1989 in Chennai and its activities were extended to other cities later. The organisation mobilises communities to initiate programmes for preventing environmental degradation. The motto is to create a cleaner, greener and environment-friendly world.

The Exnora movement had started with the programmes for spreading awareness on waste disposal. A solution to the problem of accumulated garbage could be found by involving the people who generate it. For the management of waste, the organisation formed neighbourhood communities under the name ‘Civic Exnora’.

Solid waste management, rain water harvesting and recycling of waste are among the projects being taken up by these groups. Energy conservation projects are expected to contribute to the energy security at large. A considerable amount of energy could be saved by switching off of lights for a stipulated period. The practice could be followed by households and establishments.

The outcome would certainly be positive in ensuring a better world, capable of finding solution to issues such as global warming, according to the organisation.