Mumbaikars to join in observing Earth Hour today

For over a decade, more than 180 nations and territories have been supporting Earth Hour. Central Railway chief spokesperson Sunil Udasi said, "We observe Earth Hour every year".

If you find your city, town, or village darker than usual tonight, do not panic: People around the world are taking part in an annual movement called Earth Hour, which involves turning off lights in homes, landmarks, and other buildings to promote energy conservation.

The world's biggest landmarks - such as the Sydney Opera House, Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, Carnaby Street, Buckingham Palace, and Edinburgh Castle - switch off lights as a visual display of their commitment.

While the Earth Hour has already kicked off this year in the Pacific island nation of Samoa, India will witness it from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Saturday, at the country's local time.

"We urge residents to make Earth Hour a success by switching off and ensuring all unused appliances are unplugged on a daily basis".

He added that Earth Hour was a reminder that individual actions, as well as actions of the global community, could prove to be a "milestone to transform the climate challenges and protect the generations to come".

"Oman has a unique natural diversity, from our mountains and valleys to our handsome coastline, and we really need to do whatever we can to preserve and nurture it", added the spokesperson.

The theme for this year is "Change the Way We Live". This Earth Hour, join millions around the world to turn off the lights and speak up about why nature matters. Organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the primary objective of the programme is to create awareness about the impacts of climate change and also contribute towards the betterment of the planet.

  • Joey Payne