Mar 29, 2015
PILIBHIT: In a bid to make the Earth Hour a success and encourage people to switch off their lights for an hour between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday to fight climate change, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) India, took out a rally in Pilibhit in the morning. WWF observes the Earth Hour every year on a global scale by switching off the lights of famous buildings and monuments across the world in this event which was first started in Sydney, Australia in the year 2007. The rally concluded in a meeting to discuss the need of reducing carbon footprints to save environment and to cope with global warming. Project manager of WWF (India) Naresh Kumar said that WWF had initiated this ambitious campaign with an aim of energy conservation by switching off lights for one hour and promote awareness about the environmental equilibrium. With time this movement got global popularity and now more than 60 countries in the world including India contribute actively in this vital environmental mission. Jishu Chakraborty, project officer, WWF (India) said that they are promoting awareness about environmental issues through crowd funding initiatives that invite environment conscious people and groups to raise adequate funds to conduct various environmental projects across the planet. He said, “One such project was started in Uganda aiming at planting half a million trees to dissuade deforestation and protect ecosystems. The WWF is striving to protect around 3.5 million hectare of sea area from pollution. WWF is making a herculean endeavour to educate people to preserve the natural heritage of our planet and reduce carbon footprint in order to create a robust and environmentally safe Earth.”
Executive engineer of electricity department, Pankaj Agrawal said that the excessive consumption of fossil fuel during the past many years has taken a toll on the environment. He said that by switching off the lights and electrical devices and equipments simply for an hour we would not only save energy, but also save fossil fuel. He said that the average daily consumption of electricity in Pilibhit district is 9,00,000 units on the basis of 14 hourly supplies of electricity and if people adopted the practice of keeping the lights switched off for one hour, Pilibhit would be saving around 64,286 units of electricity per day. Agarwal also added that approximately 1.20 kilogram of coal is consumed in generating 1 unit of electricity in a thermal power station and by saving 64,286 units per day Pilibhit would be contributing to conserve a huge quantity of coal each day. Divisional director of social forestry, Adarsh Kumar, the divisional forest officer of Pilibhit Tiger Reserve Kailash Prakash and the coordinator of TAL (Tarai Arc Landscape) of WWF (India) Dr. Mudit Kumar also expressed their views and circulated their appeal to keep lights off for one hour to dignify the prime aim of WWF to save planet from global warming, climate change and the increasing pollution of air, water and soil.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com