Make time for Earth Hour

Mar 28, 2014, 03:15 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate

With Earth Hour (March 29) set to be observed all over the world this weekend, here’s a round-up of events happening around the city

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.

Small tips to save  the earth
 Walk if you have to travel less than 500 meters.
>> Use water sparsely.
>> Avoid using plastic bags.
>> Opt for car pooling.
>> Switch off lights and fans when going from one room to another.

Around the city

Four years and counting
JW Marriott Hotel will be switching off all major units of lighting for one hour, for the fourth consecutive year.
on March 29, 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm
at JW Marriott, Senapati Bapat Road.

Candle-lit dinners
Flags Restaurant will host candle-lit dinners on March 29 and switch off all unnecessary electric appliances during Earth Hour. You can head there and enjoy preparations from Europe, Mexico, South East Asia, Arabia and America.
on March 29, 7 pm onwards
at Flags Restaurant, G-2, Metropolitan, Bund Garden Road.

Organic food and more
Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Centre will switch off non-essential lights between Earth Hour and will be decorated with candles. They will serve organic dishes such as healthy salads along with healthy drinks such as Cucumber and Mint Earth Cooler, Pomme de Tomato and Celery Cooler.

On March 29, 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm
At Courtyard by Marriott Pune City Centre, Bund Garden Road.

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