Earth Hour Sky Watch & Celebrations

WWF’s Earth Hour is a global campaign inspiring governments, businesses, communities and individuals to take a stand against climate change. It is the largest environment campaign in the history of our planet, successfully uniting the world towards taking collective action by switching off non essential lights for one hour in celebration of our planet.

Earth Hour was launched in Sydney, Australia in 2007, where 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour. Just a year later, Earth Hour reached 370 cities and towns in more than 35 countries across 18 time zones, and the campaign shifted from a ‘Sydney Event’ to a ‘Global Sustainability Movement’. Since then, every year Earth Hour sets new standards and breaks its own records on mass participation and support. 2010 received participation from a record 1.3 billion individuals across 4616 cities in 128 countries globally. Notable landmarks like Acropolis in Greece, Eiffel Tower in Paris, Hiroshima Peace Gardens in Japan, and Pyramids in Egypt switched off in support.

Earth Hour is a very dear event for the Astronomers from all around the world as Light Pollution is a major concern for us . The Earth Hour gives us a chance to tell people around the world how all our cities and towns are losing the beautiful night sky because we are spreading pollution and wasting so much energy. There were times 20 years ago when the entire Milkyway Galaxy was visible from Delhi itself… but now one will be a lucky person if he is able to spot a few stars in the Delhi sky.

The Amateur Astronomers Association Delhi has been an associate with Earth Hour since it first started in 2007. This is the second time AAAD came together with World Wildlife Fund in organizing a Special Sky watch for Earth Hour.

Smt. Sheila Dixit, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi will be the chief guest of the event. Along with the brand Ambassador of Earth Hour, The famous Bollywood Actress Vidya Balen. Bands like ‘Euphoria’ under Dr. Palash Sen will also be performing at the event

This year let’s go beyond the hour… Don’t forget to switch off lights 8:30 -9:30 pm on March 26th, 2011

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