Every year in March, people the world over recognize Earth Hour, a global initiative organized by the World Wildlife Fund, which encourages people to shut off their lights in order to save energy.
"Switching off unnecessary lights for one hour is a gesture". Instead it's a chance for Britain to unite, put the spotlight on climate change action and inspire people to live more sustainably.
It would be organised from 8.30 p.m.to 9.30 p.m., and WWF Hyderabad office and Hyderabad Urban Makeover (HUM) would organise an awareness programme at the Biodiversity Park, Gachibowli, during the hour.
"Each light turned off or profile picture changed represents an individual who has made the switch from being a passive bystander to someone eager to be a part of the solution." said Sid Das, Executive Director, Earth Hour Global. During the first year, the residences and business in Sydney, Australia that participated was more than 2 million, according to Beyond the Hour.
The Earth Hour India campaign by WWF-India focuses on the need to inspire individuals, corporates and other organizations, schools, colleges, RWAs and housing societies to become Earth Hour Superheroes, undertake five simple actions and lend their voice to the largest grassroots level environment campaign in the world.
While the organizers of Earth Hour said they do not audit results of the energy saving initiative, the group has commissioned research indicating up to one in four Australians gets involved.
"Climate change is visible proof that our actions can have a ripple effect beyond physical borders". Here are some suggestions for discussion during Earth Hour.
It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007.
Last year, Dubai witnessed a 222MWh reduction in the consumption of electricity, and a reduction of 96 tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions during Earth Hour.
If you missed out on this year's Earth Hour and you're interested in participating, next year's event is scheduled to take place on March 24. But they can redeem their travel prize in summer when 24-hour daylight means more time for sightseeing.
"It shows that these things matter and when the town takes part in it, it demonstrates that these are issues are important to us and to the residents of Carrboro", Gist said. It may not seem like a big change, but at least it puts climate change in front of us.