The Earth Hour will be observed today from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. It is organised by the World Wildlife Fund across the globe. Around 7000 people from 170 countries will participate in one of the biggest voluntary campaigns in the world.
The Earth Hour was first observed in Sydney, when it put a spotlight on climate change. Ten years hence, it has spread across the globe and brought attention to the important climate issue.
Scientists believe that a greater than 2 degrees Celsius increase in temperature above pre-industrial levels can have very serious consequences for our planet. What this means is that droughts, floods, storms and heat waves may bring destruction to all life forms and places that are vulnerable and immediate recipients of a changing climate’s adverse effects. Rising seas could completely engulf low-lying areas. Food production, vitally important species, habitats and ecosystems can all become victims of destruction if the world does not unite against climate change.
But on a positive note, 195 countries at the COP 21 have agreed to reach greenhouse gas emissions neutrality in the second half of the century to stay below 2 degrees Celsius- this is necessary to avoid reaching the temperature trigger point that might melt the entire Greenland and the West Antarctic ice sheet!
Last year, Delhi saved 229MW of power during Earth Hour, despite the fact that the hour coincided with an India-Pakistan match.
In 2015, the capital city saved around 200MW of power.
“Earth Hour aims to shine the light on climate change. The call for action for Earth Hour 2017 in India is ‘I am an Earth Hour Super Hero. Are you?’ It urges residents to take up the challenge by ‘Switching Off and Switching onto Solar Energy’,” a BSES statement read.
If you want to be a part of this massive movement, all you need to do is turn off electronic appliances and non-essential light today on 25 March. An effort as small as this is enough to raise awareness on climate change and energy conservation.
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