Earth Hour is a global event organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and aims to create awareness about environmental issues. One of its key features is a one-hour lights off period.

Speaking about the event, Dhananjay Shedbale, environmentalist and founder of Nisarg Mitra, says, “It is good that Earth Hour is observed. It will create awareness amongst people about saving fuel and the earth. One can take small steps such as using less water, walking or using a bicycle to save the earth.”

Environmentalist Sujit Patwardhan, shares his thoughts, “Such a day must be observed as it creates awareness amongst youngsters and people become conscious of such issues by observing these days. One must have a realistic approach.

Don’t be wasteful in your habits; switch off lights when you go from room to room. On such days, officials and concerned authorities come to know about environmental issues and decisions taken on a larger scale are more beneficial.”

Earth Hour was launched in 2007 and landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Rome’s Colosseum and New York’s Empire State Building have also switched off their lights for
the event.