City observes Earth Hour with zeal
Like each year, Earth Hour was observed from 8:30pm till 09:30pm on Saturday night in the city. Hotels, restaurants, NGOs and educational institutions were the part of this hour which remained dotted with switching off or dimming of lights and candle marches.
Bhawna Chawla, assistant public relations manager of Hyatt Regency, said all the guests who checked in on Saturday morning were informed about the Earth Hour. For those who were already staying, notes were sent to their rooms to inspire them to make the lights of their room dim to show their support to the Earth Hour.
Several other hotels including Park Plaza, Radisson Blu, Fortune Park Classic were a part of it.
At Punjabi Bhawan where a Punjabi play was being staged, the lights were switched off to mark the hour. Amid the play, a decision was taken by the organisers to use less light in different scenes of the play. At end of the play, playwright Tarlochan Singh suggested all to make efforts to save electricity as much as possible.
At Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), students in the hostels had ensured to keep the lights switched off. Many students during the day had also shared meaning of this hour on social networking and urged all to take this hour seriously.
At Rakh Bagh near Bharat Nagar, several city-based NGOs along with people from different walks of life united for a candle march. However, the march was lead by Divya Jyoti Jagaran Sansthan, an NGO that moved around Rakh Bagh and its members interacted with the denizens and conveyed that if possible, Earth Hour should be daily marked.
City artists including young students also made charts for this day. Some organisations and schools are also expected to mark this hour on Monday.
About Earth Hour
Earth Hour celebrations began a few years ago in Sydney, Australia with a hope that world will stand against climate change. These days it has been followed worldwide with great zeal and gusto. With the passage of time, participation by the number of countries to celebrate Earth Hour has also increased.
In 2008, only 371 cities in 35 countries had marked the Earth Hour but these days, the number of countries has rise to 162 and the number of cities is 7,000.
2014: 162 countries and 7,000 cities
2013: 154 countries and 6,955 cities
2012: 152 countries and 6,950 cities
2011: 135 countries and 5,251 cities
2010: 128 countries and 4,616 cities
2009: 88 counties and 4,000 cities
2008: 35 countries and 371 cities