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Time to switch off!

entertainment Updated: Mar 25, 2011 01:11 IST
Shara Ashraf
Shara Ashraf
Hindustan Times
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The environment enthusiasts in the city are all set to mark the Earth Hour on March 26 at 8.30pm in a way that it raises better awareness amongst people. Earth Hour, a global sustainability movement, started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when around 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses switched off their lights for one hour to voice their concerns against climate change.

As the whole world is set to support the cause, the Capital too, will do its bit. We give you a glimpse on what arrangements have been made around town to observe the day. So, read on and see what is it that you can do to make this planet a greener place.

Platter for a cause
If you want to take the food route to make a difference, here are a few options. At the Westin, Gurgaon, you can tuck into a green feast (Rs 3000 for two) featuring non-cooked delicacies such as such gazpacho soup, marinated olives, and tofu wraps. You can also sip green cocktails made with organic vodka and organic wines and enjoy a candle light dinner during the Earth Hour. At Hilton Janakpuri, the special menu features dishes that have been rustled up with no use of electrical appliances or the cooking range. The green spread (Rs 950 for two) includes assorted lettuce hearts, Himalayan organic mozzarella cheese and more.

Or you how about some luxe luxury — a massage in a candlelit room? At Manajsa spa, you can pamper yourself with an organic massage (Rs 2,500) using virgin coconut oil.

The Taj Mahal Hotel is also doing its bit by turning off all lights for an hour in all its hotels and resorts across the world. Campaign for a green planet Kleeto, a firm that digitises data to reduce paper usage has been regularly sending mails to its employees and customers to switch off all lights at their home.

Woodland, the apparel and footwear brand that is turning off all lights across all its stores in India, is running an Earth Hour campaign called Tree of Life. A cut out of a large tree would be placed at its South Extension and Great India Place Mall, Noida stores. You can take a stand against climate change by putting up your messages on the tree. As a token, you’ll get a framed picture of yours with the tree.