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Know all about Earth Hour – Be Part of Earth Hour for Bright Future - March 27

Know all about Earth Hour – Be Part of Earth Hour for Bright Future - March 27
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What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is one of the largest global campaigns to combat climate change by switching off lights and other electrical equipment for one hour on March 27
Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday 27 March at 8.30 pm to 9:30 pm And is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world.

It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future.
Iconic buildings and landmarks from India to Australia to America will stand in darkness.
People across the world from all walks of life will turn off their lights and join together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet
Know all about Earth Hour –
1. Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change
2. Earth Hour is a global event organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature, also known as World Wildlife Fund)
3. In March 2009, India along with hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.
4. ''Earth Hour'' is celebrated across major cities of the world on the last Saturday of March annually to pledge support for protecting the environment.
5. Earth Hour is organized by WWF With almost 5 million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries
6. “It is a matter of pride for me that I am associated with this prestigious campaign. It’s time that we take a collective pledge to ‘switch on’ our minds and take one simple step to ‘switch off the lights’ on March 27, 2010 from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.” - Abhishek Bachchan, bollywood actor
7. “Climate Change is undoubtedly and regrettably, the biggest immediate long-term environmental challenge we face. A failure to come to sound policy outcomes on climate change will not only have a negative environmental impact but also social and economic consequences for all of us. Stand up and join us in the fight against climate change. Support Earth Hour.”
- Aamir Khan, bollywood actor & filmmaker
8. Earth Hour 2009 Report – who participated, what happened?
9. Among the participants in 2009 was, for the first time, the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The U.N. conservatively estimates that its participation will save $102 in energy.
10. United States topped the Earth Hour participation with an estimated 80,000,000 people, 318 cities and 8 states participating.
11. The Philippines saw participation from 647 cities and towns or over 15 million Filipinos were estimated to have joined in the hour-long lights-off at 8:30 - 9:30 PM local time. The Philippines was able to save 611 MWh of electricity during the time period, and is said to be equivalent to shutting down a dozen coal-fired power plants for an hour.
12. Greece with 484 cities and towns participating, and Australia with 309
In 2009, India joined the Earth Hour movement.
Over 5 million Indians and 56 Indian cities showed their support by switching off, saving approximately 1000 MW of power in that one hour and making the first ever Earth Hour in India a huge success!
From amongst those who switched off included
Several key historic and landmark buildings like Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Humanyun’s Tomb and Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
Symbols of modern India including hotels, cinema complexes and shopping malls Connaught Place in Delhi and Brigade Road in Bangalore offered a unique visual spectacle with just the essential lights turned on.100 top public and private sector organizations participated. Reserve Bank of India, Infosys, Wipro, ICICI, Google, Indian Hotels, HSBC, Standard Chartered India, HP, ITCWelcomgroup, HUDCO, Taj group of hotels and PVR. to name a fewTremendous support from the Government of Delhi ( has adopted EH as a quarterly initiative)Hundreds of educational institutions including IITs, IIMs, MICA, Jamia Milia Islamia, JNU among several youth groups, community organizations and religious groups took ownership of the campaign to help make it a success from Cochin to Gangtok and Dehradun to Bubhneshwar.

Please Try to Remember and Switch of Lights
India time on Saturday March 27 for one hour during 8.30pm to 9:30pm

The above article topic is suggested by Mayank, who represents the Earth Hour India.
Thanks Mayank for suggesting me topic.

Below is the photo of Earth Hour Logo –


Aswani March 20, 2010  

This really is a great thing to know. I haven't heard of it before but I think this really is a great initiative for a huge cause. I think we must do anything we can..to combat such menace. Hopefully..I am going to be a part of the same. Thanks for this great piece of info..Keep it up!

Neha March 20, 2010  

yeah I have seen this happening..but how many people actually do it? do you think malls etc. switch of the lights? we lack spirit..we simply don't care..

sm,  March 20, 2010  


sm,  March 21, 2010  

lack of education nothing else
but slowly Indians are doing it , many television stations also went blank last year in other countries.

kat,  March 21, 2010  

Thanks for this great piece of info.

Dhiman March 26, 2010  

I had come to know abt this through our company last year and participated in it and will do it this year too.... a small way to contribute to huge cause...

sm,  March 27, 2010  

its great to know that last year you participated.
and your company also participated.

Poonam,  March 28, 2010  

great info