India Gears Up For Earth Hour

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A Cyclothon was held last saturday in New Delhi, India in preparation for Earth Hour, to be held on March 31st, 2012.  Over 100 cyclists participated in the 8 KM race.  Cricket star Sachin Tandulkar is the face of Earth Hour 2012 in India.  The country hopes to be Earth Hour Champion this year.


Sachin Tendulkar Face of Earth Hour 2012

NEW DELHI: Earth Hour will be observed on March 31 this year and the city started the run-up to the event with an ‘Earth Hour 2012 Cyclothon’ on Saturday.

Over 100 cyclists collected in the morning and cycled 8km from WWF-India along Lodhi Road. Several more participated in the event as volunteers who stood along the way holding placards announcing Earth Hour.

On March 31, Delhi will join more than 5,000 cities across the globe to switch off lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm local time as a symbolic gesture of saving the planet from climate change. Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar is the face of this year’s Earth Hour in India. WWF officials said that in 2011, a record 1.8 billion individuals across more than 5,200 cities in 135 countries participated worldwide by switching off lights. In India, Earth Hour was observed in more than 130 cities, small towns and villages.

This year for the first time, Earth Hour will be extend to the International Space Station where astronaut Andre Kuipers will oberve Earth Hour through his space station and share photos and live commentary of his experience via the European Space Agency.

“Whichever city receives maximum participation from its citizens, organizations and the government will be declared the Earth Hour Champion. Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata are participating in the race to become the Earth Hour Champion and more are welcome to join,” said a WWF official.

Ravi Singh, CEO, WWF-India, said, “Every year we aim to take Earth Hour to a new level and inculcate a sense of belonging and ownership among people towards their planet. Earth Hour 2012 aims to encourage cities to collectively shift towards sustainable development and citizens to reduce the growing environmental impact of our urban lifestyles. Adopting cycling as a way of commuting is a step in the direction of a sustainable way of living.”

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