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HindustanTimes Sat,30 Aug 2014

Lifestyle

Earth Hour: what's on offer tonight
Subuhi Parvez, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 28, 2014
First Published: 18:49 IST(28/3/2014)
Last Updated: 19:23 IST(28/3/2014)

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/29_03_citypg14a.jpgNot many of us would wait for a dark day in our lives, but this one’s worth holding out for.

The Earth Hour — an annual, global, one-hour lights out ­occasion to drive home the message of saving energy, will be observed on March 29 between 8.30-9.30 pm.

Everyone has a chance to do their bit, and over the last few years, many events, including candlelight rock shows and other such activities, have made sure Delhi stands up for the cause.

So, apart from switching off the lights to go for a walk or sit out to gaze at  the moon, there’s a whole lot of fun, meaningful activities you can engage in. Take your pick!

Art for the planet
Elements of the Earth — An exhibition that explores the role that primitive, eco-friendly art has played in the development of ­contemporary art today by folk artists.
Where: Art Konsult, Hauz Khas, 6.30 pm. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/29_03_citypg14c.jpg

Cycle crusaders
TV presenter and host, Rannvijay recently joined hands with WWF-India to pledge his support to Earth Hour 2014 — WWF’s global campaign to raise awareness and inspire ­individual action on climate change.The cyclothon, like every year, this time too is organised in Delhi as the ­signature lead-up event to Earth Hour.

Flagging off the cyclothon, Rannvijay said, “I am honoured to be part of Earth Hour — a self-perpetuating global campaign against ­climate change. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of ­support from individuals and the general public for the lead-up event — the Delhi cyclothon. It is evident that citizens ­recognize and are keen to imbibe the values behind Earth Hour”.

Time for lovehttp://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/29_03_citypg14e.jpg
An Earth Hour campaign that’s gone viral, with over 6 million hits in a fortnight, is one by a condom brand that is celebrating Earth Hour by encouraging people to take the opportunity to reconnect with each other whilst the lights are out. They believe nothing should get in the way of great sex. "So let’s turn off to turn on," they say. We’re sure you’ll find it on your FB timeline.

Green reads
Whilst it’s still not time for the lights to go out, here are some books on nature to make the most of.Carbon Footprint: reducing it for a better tomorrow, by Ramesh Menon — Takes an in-depth and critical look at our day-to-day activities: food habits, lifestyle, or mode of transport. It offers solutions and measures to reduce our carbon footprint to make our homes energy-efficient, to recycle waste and reduce greenhouse gases.Publisher: TERI. Price: 250
http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/29_03_citypg14g.jpgThe Land of the Setting Sun and Other Natural Tales, by Arefa Tehsin and Raza H Tehsin — An attempt to help re-connect ­children with nature, not by preaching and teaching, but through a medium that they like — stories.
Publisher: TERI. Price: 225

Techcheck
Here’s a cool smartphone application for the occasion. This official app, called WWF Renewables Market on Earth Hour, is a mobile app that provides ­information on renewable energy options, thereby building knowledge and generating interest on the subject. It is compatible with Windows operated smartphones.


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