India joins the world to observe Earth Hour on Saturday

That combined with the move to daylight time meant Earth Hour power use could not be properly compared with consumption at the same time the week before. "The Sandton City Dome (Protea Court) will be illuminated in green leading up to Earth Hour in a bid to raise awareness of the initiative", says Elaine Jack, CID manager for Sandton Central Management District.

Also, many people may be disillusioned in knowing that Earth Hour is not contributing much to the actions to combat climate change.

Between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm yesterday, several landmarks across the globe turned off their lights showing support for the cause.

The abdication of electricity at least for an hour in a year will be supplanted with gestures like dinner under candlelight and cooking in a bonfire.

The Earth Hour India campaign by WWF-India focuses on the need to inspire individuals, corporates and other organizations, schools, colleges, RWAs and housing societies to become Earth Hour Superheroes, undertake five simple actions and lend their voice to the largest grassroots level environment campaign in the world.

Saturday night, at 8:30 p.m. local time, you might notice neighbors switching off their lights.

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"Whether you are in the Philippines, Peru or Portugal, climate change matters and the record participation in this year's Earth Hour is a powerful reminder that people, who are on the frontline of climate change, want to be a part of climate action".

From Australia, it moved westward through Asia, with numerous skyscrapers ringing Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour going dark in solidarity, while at Myanmar's most sacred pagoda, the Shwedagon, 10,000 oil lamps were lit to shine a light on climate action.

MALACA√ĎANG encouraged the entire country to participate in the Earth Hour, which will be held Saturday evening.

Spikes in food prices and extinctions (one-in-six species on the planet are already threatened, though climate change is only one factor driving this mass die off) are likely in the near future.

"Especially now that we have a president who denies climate change and seems determined to roll back on any sort of environmental protection, the timing is ideal", Zucchino said.

Switching off lights and electrical appliances during the Earth Hour initiative this year, Delhi saved around 290 MW of power, the capital's distribution companies (discoms) announced on Sunday.

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