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india Updated: Mar 28, 2009 01:34 IST
Kiran Wadhwa
Kiran Wadhwa
Hindustan Times
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Kashmira Khot gets into ladies compartment at Churchgate and tells the mother of two, sitting near her to switch off her electrical appliances on Saturday evening. This 21-year-old soon involves the entire compartment in her message to save power.

Khot, the Earth Hour volunteer, is one of the several youngsters who are propelling the indifferent city to wake up to global warming. Already 2,000 people have registered on The World Wildlife Fund, India, website that has brought Earth Hour to India for the first time.

Most of these participants are youngsters, and over 40 college.

“The first time I saw the Earth Hour presentation on how Sydney had done it, I knew that I had to be part of it,” said Khot, a student of MD College in Parel.

“We have visited 25 schools to talk to them about Earth Hour. People everywhere are curious about it and even if they don't follow it at least they have woken up to it.”

For participants, there is a candlelight vigil organised at BPT Gardens in Colaba on Saturday from 7.30 pm.

“Earth Hour might not reverse global warming, but at least people will be aware of the implications of wasting natural resources,” said Alok Chorghe (21), a botany student from St Xavier’s College.

“If landmarks like Marine Drive and Taj were to go dark, I’m sure all of Mumbai will notice.”

But is switching off lights for an hour, the only way to participate?

“No, many schools told us that since exams are on, they can’t expect students to switch off, so they can use electricity to the bare minimum and that is a strong enough message,” said Kshitija Rangnekar (22), student of Institute of Science, Fort.

But Mumbai has its own way to save electricity. When Khot explained the concept, a woman in the train told her that she does not get power for seven hours a day, so she has several Earth Hours.