Earth Hour is being observed globally on Saturday in an effort to raise awareness about energy conservation.
Every year on the last Saturday in March, Earth Hour encourages people all over the world to turn off non-essential electric lights for an hour between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
The purpose of Earth Hour was to get more people involved in the fight against climate change. In 2007, it began as a light-off event in Sydney, Australia. On March 29, 2008, Earth Hour was observed in 35 countries from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This year, people from over 190 countries will participate in Earth Hour to show their support for Mother Earth’s protection.
This year, the theme for the 16th edition of the event is “Shape our future”. In India, the World Wide Fund-India (WWF) has released the Earth Hour India anthem called “Humari Prithvi”, composed by Shantanu Moitra and sung by Mohit Chauhan, appealing Indian citizens for urgent climate action.
“Although the evidence for environmental crisis and desire for change strengthens by the day, this has yet to translate into the necessary action. Following the climate conference COP26 at the end of 2021, this year, world leaders will make equally important and key political decisions on nature,” WWF India stated on its website.
In the national capital, BSES Delhi has urged its over 46 lakh consumers, around 1.8 crore residents, to “stand together for a safer, fairer and more sustainable future”. The electricity distribution company asked the Delhiites to turn off non-essential lights during Earth Hour.
“On March 26, 2022, the skylines in Delhi will once again go dark for an hour to observe the Earth Hour,” BSES Delhi said in the press release.
The discom also urged consumers to adopt green options such as solar energy, electric vehicles as a way of life.