On March 19, residents of Sector 39, Noida, switched off all fans and lights from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm to mark Earth Hour. The programme was organised by the sector RWA.
Vatsala Parashar, RWA president, said, “A small change in the way we use electricity can make a big difference in energy conservation. We waste a lot of electricity on gadgets in stand-by mode. Both in urban and rural areas, people need to be made aware about proper utilisation of energy.”
“It is important to switch off appliances and lights when they’re not in use. Residents should try and use LED bulbs at home, as they consume a lot less power. Today’s wastage can cause tomorrow’s shortage,” she added.
MC Gaur, general secretary, said that this was a crucial step to fighting global warming.
Bindu Tyagi, a resident of the sector, told City Spidey, “This is a good step taken by the RWA, and we think other sectors will follow suit.”
Earthhour.org describes the event as a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet. It started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns across the planet.