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Earth Hour
New Delhi, 31 Mar 2012

With the Earth Hour awareness campaign to reduce carbon footprints getting huge response globally, an hour of darkness is due to set in tonight between 0830 hrs to 0930 hrs when lights will turn off as part of an effort to save power.
Rashtrapati Bhavan, several houses, public buildings and even business centres will switch off lights focusing spotlight on climate change. 'Rashtrapati Bhavan will observe Earth Hour tonight, from 2030 hrs to 2130 hrs. During this one hour period, all non-essential lights in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President's Estate and also the Family Wing of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, will be switched off,' a spokesperson said. Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE), a science awareness organisation will set up telescopes here at India Gate for people to observe how the sky looks in the absence of light pollution.
Supporting the noble cause, Bollywood stars also came together urging everyone to switch the lights off as a mass symbolic gesture to protect the environment. Superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar took to twitter to urge fans, friends and others to lend their support to a good cause. Mr Bachchan tweeted 'Earth Hour . from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM put off the power and electricity save the Earth I WILL !!' Bollywood actress Dia Mirza tweeted 'Lights out between 8:30pm and 9:30pm tonight. Pledge to reduce the Earth's carbon footprint on Earth hour.' Akshay Kumar tweeted 'Turn off all lights for one hour today from 8.30 to 9.30 pm for a greener tomorrow. Small act, big impact.' In a good spirit shown by any hotel chain in India, the Park Hotels would switch off lights at all their properties across the country to observe Earth Hour.
Urging people for supporting the cause Arun Gupta, MD, NTL Electronics India Limited said, 'As the World celebrates Earth Hour by switching off the lights across the globe for an hour it reminds us of the scarcity of Energy. I hope the world will move towards lighting solutions that save energy, reduce carbon footprint and make a greener Earth.' An initiative by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the one-hour mass campaign will witness participation by switching off all electrical appliances and lighting fixtures.
Started in 2007, Earth Hour is held on the last Saturday of March urging people to turn off non-essential lights for an hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.
It is now a massive movement for awareness on reducing carbon footprints.