New Delhi, Mar 28: On Saturday, Mar 28, Millions of people world wide will be taking a stand towards calling for action on climate change by participating in the 'Earth Hour'. Millions of people will switch off their lights on Saturday, Mar 28 from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.
From Kochi to Shimla and Guwahati to Ahmedabad citizens, corporates and governments are joining this campaign to voice their concern.
Some of Mumbai"s best known landmarks, like the Reserve Bank of India and Air India building will be switching off. In Delhi, PVR Cinemas, and educational institutions like Delhi University, Jamia Milia are joining in. Hotels chains including ITC Welcome and Indian IT giants like Wipro and Infosys, leading banks such as ICICI, HDFC, HSBC, Standard Chartered, ING Vyasa, industry leaders Godrej Group, Genpact, Tata Indicom, Nokia, Nestle, and many more have come forward to observe Earth Hour.
Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO, WWF-India, addressing the media said, “It is heartening to learn the tremendous support that the campaign is receiving from all sections of the society across the country. Earth Hour shows the power of collective action towards a vote for the planet".
Celebrities like Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachhan, Sachin Tendulkar and several other prominent individuals have extended their support for the campaign and urged citizens to turn off their lights. Noble peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu and UN secretary General Ban Ki Moon have also supported this campaign and have appealed global citizens to sign up.
Earth Hour 2009 is reaching out to 1 billion people across the world. It was initiated in Australia on Mar 31, 2007 where 2 million people and two thousand corporate houses turned out their lights for one hour and became a part of the event. The campaign became wider with 35 countries and about 50 million people participating across the globe in 2008. So far over 2000 cities from 85 countries will be participating in this campaign.
To join the movement log on to http://earthhour.in/ and save earth by switching off lights.