Delhiites go on cyclothon to raise eco-awareness

March 13th, 2011 - 5:54 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) Around a hundred people, including students and corporate executives, took part in a cyclothon in the capital Sunday in a run up to the Earth Hour to be observed March 26.

Titled “Pedal for the Planet 2011,” the event was organsied by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) India.

“The cyclothon is a run up to the Earth Hour when we pledge to switch off lights and any other energy consuming device for 60 minutes. The aim is to make people aware of doing a meaningful action to reduce wasteful consumption of energy,” Aarti Khosla of WWF said.

The cyclothon saw partcipants pedaling seven kilometres in Ambedkar Nagar in south Delhi.

“Earth Hour is a global event and as a run up, there are various activities planned across India. A similar event is planned in Mumbai next week. A panel discussion of corporates on energy conservation will be held in Bangalore and a college activation programme is planned in Shimla,” Khosla said.

Ravi Singh, secretary general and CEO of WWF-India, said: “It was heartening to see young and old Delhiites on the cycle with such enthusiasm and commitment. Cycling for commuting is a good sign of awareness in moving towards a sustainable way of life.”

India joined the Earth Hour campaign in 2009 with 56 cities participating. By 2010 it grew to include individuals and businesses across 125 cities coming together with the rest of the world to observe the event.

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