Millions turn off lights for 1 hr

Earth Hour

Millions turn off lights for 1 hr

India joined a record 133 countries to raise awareness about climate change through the movement for voluntary black out that began in Sydney in 2007 to reduce energy consumption. Designed as a symbolic act to make people aware of everyday energy use,
‘Earth Hour’ has evolved into a global movement, and this year it took place for 60 minutes from 8:30 pm.

It was lights out at several government buildings, private banks and ITC hotels during this time. Candlelight get-togethers were also organised to show commitment of people to save power — and have fun at the same time.

Rashtrapati Bhavan led the nation in observing ‘Earth Hour’ which had “Go beyond the hour” as the theme by switching off all the lights in the building’s exterior. During the one hour period, all non-essential lights in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President’s Estate and also the family wing of President Pratibha Patil were switched off, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said tonight.

Bollywood star Vidya Balan , who is the cause ambassador of the third edition of ‘Earth Hour’, was in the capital to observe the hour along with Delhiites. Music band Euphoria also performed on the occasion at the India Gate lawns.

The campaign message this year is to go beyond the hour and commit oneself to a more sustainable way of living every day, and not just for an hour, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said.

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