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Switch off to save the world

Be ready to switch off the lights and electrical appliances in your houses for an hour and do your bit for global warming.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2009 02:25 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar

Be ready to switch off the lights and electrical appliances in your houses for an hour and do your bit for global warming.


Mayor Shubha Raul has appealed to Mumbaiites to unplug all their electrical appliances on Saturday, from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm, on behalf of World Wildlife Fund — India (WWF-India), the Indian arm of WWF and their campaign Earth Hour.

Earth Hour 2009 will take place on March 28, at 8.30 pm in cities around the world. Earth Hour aims to unite people from all over the world in a simultaneous act calling for action on climate change.

Since its inception in Sydney in March 2007, the objective of the Earth Hour initiative has always been to create awareness about the repercussions of global warming. The objective of launching it in India is the same with more focus on protection and conservation of the environment. In the Indian context, change and energy conservation are among the chief areas of concern for WWF-India.

“One cannot see much change in the climatic conditions, but can definitely see an awareness that has been created about global warming among people across the world. The initiative which initially started with one city has now culminated to 1,000 cities across the globe — this itself indicates a positive attitude in people towards Mother Earth,” said Dr Goldin
Quadros, education officer and interim state director for WWF-India.

Raul said: “Last year when I had attended a seminar on global warming in Sydney, I had promised the mayor of Sydney to take initiative in the movement.”

“People have to just voluntarily switch off all electrical appliances for one hour on Saturday from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm,” added Raul.

India has joined Earth Hour for the first time — that is observed every year on the last Saturday of March. Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata are among 825 cities across 80 countries and territories that have pledged their support to ‘Vote Earth’ in the Earth Hour 2009 campaign. Some of the city’s corporate houses, 40 colleges have also joined with WWF in this campaign.

Raul is going to write all city corporators and various NGOs to support the movement. “Residential societies should organise events and discuss about misuse of electricity. People should also take steps to reduce their carbon footprints,” added Raul.