When millions of people across the world celebrated Earth Hour by switching off their lights for an hour at 8.30 pm local time, how could India be behind. Several major cities in India joined rest of the world by switching off their lights for an hour on Saturday.
The Rashtrapati Bhawan and the presidential palace along with world’s most beautiful temple Akshardham Temple were in sudden darkness at 8:30 pm. People in Thiruvananthapuram conducted a candle march along the beach side to observe the hour. Priests and devotees in Ahmedabad followed the suit. Kolkata too joined the Earth Hour by switching off lights in the famous Indian museum.
Earth Hour was started by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Sydney, Australia back in 2007, to bring together the power of individuals and government and reduce our impact on the planet. Since its launch, the event has rapidly spread around the globe and is celebrated at March-end every year. According to a report, 162 countries became part of the event last year and more than 9 million people celebrated Earth Hour in UK itself.
Moreover, some other famous buildings including iconic Eifel Tower, The Empire State Building in New York and St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia also turned off their lights for an hour.