Switch off lights during Earth Hour, power supplier asks consumers

March 26th, 2009 - 8:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Aamir Khan New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) A major power supplier in the national capital has urged consumers to switch off electricity for an hour at 8.30 p.m. March 28 during the Earth Hour to lend support to the global initiative against climate change.
“Showing solidarity with the cause, BSES appeals to its domestic customers to whole heartedly support the event and voluntarily switch off their non-essential electricity March 28 for an hour starting 8.30 p.m.,” BSES’ CEO Arun Kanchan said.

“Participation in this event is a commitment from each one of us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of global warming in our own small ways,” Kanchan added.

Earth Hour is an annual international event created by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), that asks households and businesses across the world to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour at the appointed time to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.

Delhi will join Mumbai, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Rome, Manila, Singapore, Dubai and other cities across the globe to observe the Earth Hour from 8.30 to 9.30 p.m. March 28.

“It is also a great opportunity for the students to be part this global cause. To be part of this global movement, students can rework their study schedules and switch off and take a break during the Earth Hour. It is also a great opportunity for couples to rekindle the romance in their lives by having a candle light dinner at home or restaurants or hotels,” said a BSES official.

“Climate change and global warming are one of the biggest international concerns taking much of the news space today. It is a growing international concern nobody can afford to overlook. Earth Hour is a symbolic event designed to engage people from all walks of life in the climate change discussion and draw attention to the cause,” the official added.

People across 1,100 cities in 80 countries have pledged to switch off their lights for an hour at 8.30 p.m. March 28.

Leaders and celebrities the world over, including Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Bollywood stars Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, have lent their support to the initiative.

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