India has decide to stay illuminated when the world will switch off for Earth Hour between 8 and 9 pm on March 29. As of today no Indian city has officially joined the campaign to black out to show that India too is in the crusade to reduce global warming.
So far, 35 nations, 370 cities, towns and councils worldwide have pledged to turn out their lights for one hour. This includes cities like Christchurch, Bangkok, Seoul, Dubai, Antarctica’s Casey Base, Manila, Copenhagen, Rome, Dublin, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco and Mexico City.
2008 is the second year in succession when a clutch of cities in the world would be taking the initiative of using no electricity for an hour. Earth Hour was first started in Sydney when on March 31, 2007, 2.2 million people and 2100 Sydney business establishments turned off their lights for an hour. The carbon emissions saved owing to the brief shut down amounted to the same as taking 48,000 cars off the road for an entire year.
We urge you to participate in Earth Hour, and also spread the awareness. It is a small step but will go a long way in preserving this planet. If we choose to follow the path of indifference we would be paving the way to extinction of human race.