Need of the hour

The Earth hour (26 March) Special

From TV to refrigerator, cooler to geyser, PC to AC, Gadgets to smart phone, transportation to production … every time we find a need of electricity and use it without thinking the impacts of this necessary devil. But never we realize that how our overuse of electricity is affecting our planet. In short, as electricity making our lives easy, the heavy price of it is being paid by our earth, with its well being.

In the time, when governments of the word are fanatically committed to provide the electricity to each and every household, The Earth hour reminds us to think about it and inspires to reduce our use of electricity.  

Earth Hour movement was initiated in 2006, to help us all give our planet some thought every now and then. But the ground for this idea was created in 2004, when Australia’s World Wide Fund for Nature met with an advertising agency in Sydney to discuss ideas for engaging Australians on the issue of climate change.  Both, coined the idea of a large scale switch off in 2006 and called it “The Big Flick” and decided to make their idea reality. The local authority was quickly convinced of the importance of raising awareness about the amount of electricity being used and how that affected the planet. The first ever Earth Hour was held on March 31 in Sydney, Australia at 7:30 pm. Soon, the idea began to spread, with San Francisco being the next major city to run a ‘Lights Out’ program in October 2007.

Within a year, the event became a successful movement and received lots of positive response from the public and media and by 2008, 35 countries on all seven continents were participating in that. Between 8 and 9 pm, hundreds of cities in these 35 countries turned off their lights. During this hour people do a lot of interesting and non- electrical activities like including a candlelight workout with friends,  a walk around the city, with a traditional or solar lantern, to check out local sites that are participating in Earth hour, a candlelit potluck, stargazing etc.  

Earth Hour does encourage individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights, for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. as a symbol of commitment to the planet.

Now it is your turn to show the same commitment, before observing it as an annual ritual, you must convince yourself that the Earth hour is not about just one particular hour with no electricity, but a call for us to reduce the consumption of electricity in remaining 8,759 hours too.  If you are clueless about what can be done, just ask your parents and grandparents about their life during the days, when power supply was far less than now. Not all, but some of the things you can adopt to make the earth better and to save the environment ,because your small steps can make a big difference.

  • Bhumija S. Agrawal

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