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SHEDDING LIGHT: Mayor M. Subramanian and celebrities after eight minutes of silence at 8 a.m. on Friday in support of the ‘88888 lights-out campaign’ against global warming. —
SHEDDING LIGHT: Mayor M. Subramanian and celebrities after eight minutes of silence at 8 a.m. on Friday in support of the ‘88888 lights-out campaign’ against global warming. —

Aloysius Xavier Lopez

Days of campaign culminate in eight minutes’ lights-out, waking people up to global warming

CHENNAI: All the 280 houses of Arihant Towers at Koyembedu switched off their lights at 8 p.m. for 8 minutes in the presence of Chief Secretary L.K. Tripathy and Mayor M. Subramanian to signal the culmination of ‘88888 lights-out campaign’ against global warming by Exnora International on Friday.

Mr. Tripathy stressed the need for conservation of power in government offices.

Governor Surjit Singh Barnala ordered the lights to be put off in Raj Bhavan at 8 p.m. for 8 minutes to stress the need for creation of awareness of global warming and its effects. The Governor said that an awakening should be created among the people of all walks of life on the root cause of Global Warming. We should contribute towards reduction of carbon emissions, he said.

Earlier in the morning a quiet and still Mahatma Gandhi by the Bay of Bengal at the Marina beach got emulated for eight minutes at 8 a.m. as Mayor M.Subramanian and other celebrities from the city silently expressed solidarity with the ‘88888 lights out campaign’ to contain the menace of global warming. This ‘power of silence campaign’ by celebrities who had proved their vocal power to the world was a prelude to the grand finale of the ‘88888 lights out campaign’ at 8 p.m. at Arihant Towers in Koyembedu.

“The corporation of Chennai will continue to work with NGOs in the fight against global warming,” said Mr.Subramanian.

Many students and IT professionals enthusiastically participated in the campaign by switching off the lights in their houses.

“My friends and I switched off lights in our houses at 8 p.m.,” said Harry Martins, a student of Class V of Spartan school Mogappair.

“This is an excellent opportunity for people to contribute towards containing global warming. This campaign for a social cause will certainly create greater awareness about global warming,” said Mayor M. Subramaniam.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of around 2500 scientists from many countries, convened in Paris in February 2007 stressed the gravity of global warming and the possibility of mass destruction in the world. The IPCC also said that world temperatures may rise by 1.8-4 degree Celsius and subsequently lead to rise of sea level by 28-43 cm.

Global warming is said to cause melting of ice caps in Polar Regions and the subsequent inundation of low lying coastal areas. Increasing frequency of floods and drought may occur due to global warming, say scientists.

“This is a way of conveying to the world the importance of the small, silent ways of controlling global warming by every human being,” said Carnatic musician Sudha Raghunathan earlier during the ‘Power of silence campaign’ at 8 a.m.

“The promotion of simple eco-friendly practices and concepts to reduce carbon foot print and pollution will help control global warming,” said M.B.Nirmal, founder of Exnora International.

The awareness about global warming should be converted into action, said film producer AVM Saravanan.

“Small actions such as checking air pressure of vehicles by individuals will create huge impact as a whole. Every action of individuals count in global warming,” said film director Vasanth.

“We want to create total awareness of global warming and school children are the target group,” said M.Murali proprietor of Sri Krishna Sweets.

After successful completion of the ‘88888’ campaign, Mayor M.Subramanian started the new ‘99999’ wave of campaign by Exnora. “This consistent struggle is needed to save our planet,” he said.

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