Saturday, March 23, 2013


LIGHTS FOR EARTH HOUR - Hundreds of millions of people across the globe will turn off their lights for 60 minutes on Saturday night starting at 8:30pm local time in a symbolic show of support for "Earth Hour" campaign against climate change. Many of the world's most iconic attractions, including Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower will take part. "What started as an event in Sydney in 2007 with two million people has now become a tradition across the country and across the world," Dermot O'Gorman, head of WWF - Australia, said. "It's now an organic, people-powered movement... which is fantastic." 
Last year more than 150 countries participated in the event which saw some of the world's most iconic landmarks dim, and this year the movement has spread to Palestine, Tunisia, Suriname and Rwanda. Newcomers to be plunged into darkness, such as the statue of David in Florence.

In Australia, where Earth Hour originated with an appeal to people and businesses to turn off their lights for an hour to raise awareness about carbon pollution, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge will be among the first sites to participate globally. This year Earth Hour Australia is asking participants to "switch off for good" and move to renewable energy. As part of the push Sydney Opera House will not go dark at 8:30 pm (0930 GMT) but will instead glow a deep green. With restaurant diners eating by candlelight, Outback communities going dark and iconic buildings standing in shadows, O'Gorman believes Earth Hour has played a part in drawing attention to energy use. 
In China, Shanghai's famous Bund will turn off its lights while the Yangtze River bridge will be plunged into darkness. In Japan, daily illuminations of the city's signature Tokyo Tower will be switched off, with visitors able to pedal bicycles to generate power to illuminate an egg-shaped art work.

A number of prominent public buildings across all the world will be plunged into darkness tonight as part of Earth Hour. Millions of people in 7,000 towns and cities across the world will turn out the lights tonight at 8.30pm. Earth Hour is a global initiative which began in Australia in 2007. It aims to highlight the need for action to tackle the world’s environmental challenges, including climate change. Last year hundreds of millions of people in more than 7,000 cities and towns worldwide switched off their lights for one hour to demonstrate their support for the protection of the environment. In addition, there are small actions which we can do every day to save energy and protect the environment.

It is therefore important to strictly separate trash and recycle it as best as you can, to begin his recovery. No more unnecessary trips in cars. Let us use bikes whenever possible. Walk more. Do not pollute the air for petty reasons. Make less use of plastic things. It is preferable to make wooden toys for children and educate them to feel and love nature, teaching them about Mother Nature and Father Krishna. Participate actively in civic services such as planting trees in public places, provision of drinking water to passengers, cleaning of soiled areas, recycling of waste, protection against abuse of animals, etc. We should see the power of God manifested in everything, and then act with the utmost responsibility and care. Even a faucet that is leaking must be closed. We should save energy.

Śrīla Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Mahārāja :
“Ecology and Meditation”
“Body Mind and Soul in Harmony with Nature”
“The Environment”

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"


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