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. B
ollywood 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. Popular landmarks like the India Gate, the Qutub Minar and the Red Fort in Delhi, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the Gateway of India in Mumbai, national defence establishments, universities, hotels, cinema complexes and shopping malls across the nation participated in the event.
In Bangalore, the silicon city observed the 'Earth Hour' with software firms, commercial establishments and even the international airport chipping in for the cause. Software major, Infosys Technologies which had formulated 'Clean-n-Green Bengalaru' drive as part of Earth Hour campaign, took the activity to the popular MG Road and Brigade Road, to highlight the need for community participation in ensuring a "Clean and Green city".
A centrally coordinated one hour switch off was conducted across all its offices, with recordings of power savings besides contests and inviting entries from the employees during the switch off period under the theme "My 60 Minutes for Earth". In keeping with the 'sustainable' theme, switch-off carols and candle-light march was organised on office floors to promote awareness on 'Earth Hour'. Another IT major, Wipro shut down air conditioners at its offices across nine cities for an hour. .
The capital saved a total of 296 MW during the Earth Hour, an official of power supply utility BSES said.In may parts of Punjab and Haryana, including union territory Chandigarh, various NGOs, resident welfare societies and youth observed Earth Hour from 8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Hoshiarpur-based tractor manufacturer Sonalika group observed a complete shut down in their tractor unit for one hour.
'At least 10 houses of in locality are observing complete power shut down. It is our way to contribute in saving mother earth,' Ankit Sharma, an engineering student in Chandigarh, said.
Source - IBN