Earth Hour Movement Gains Ground in Orissa

Former Chief Engineer, Electrical, Mr. Nagendra Nath Mahapatra, who pioneered Earth Hour movement in Orissa and on whose personal initiative a band of brilliant power sector personnel and social activists had held the first preparatory meeting for Earth Hour 2010 in the office of orissamatters.com leading to leaders of various organizations, social workers, trade union leaders, techno academics, journalists and other professionals joining the mission, has made a thorough search and found that the one hour union with global community to reduce carbon footprints has contributed to remarkable reduction in power consumption in this part of the globe.

On an analysis of drawal of Orissa on 27th and on 28th March 2010 from 15-Minute online data of SLDC available in OERC website for the Earth Hour 2010 period between 08.30 PM to 09.30 PM, he has sent us a report.

We are pleased to share it with the global community.

A On 27th from 09.01 to 09.15 PM, the maximum less drawal was 119, the average less drawal during Earth Hour 2010 was 90 MW.
B On 28th there was liner fall in drawal, 2541MW (8.30PM), 2533MW (8.45PM), 2525MW(9PM),2521MW(9,15PM) and
2519MW(9.30PM) , the less average drawal was only 16.50 MW.
C. During EH -2009 the maximum less drawal and average less drawal was 100MW and 75 MW respectively.

This shows, Earth Hour movement, though slowly, but has steadily gained ground in Orissa.

EARTH HOUR, 2010: AN APPEAL

Nagendra Nath Mahapatra, Honorary Advisor, Eastern Region Indian Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) has urged upon all to observe Earth Hour 2010 on March 27 from 8.30 to 9.30 in the evening. We fully endorse his version rendered below:

1. Earth Hour is a global event organized by World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature and is generally held in the last Saturday of March annually asking households and business to turn-off their non-essential lights and other technical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on Climate Change. The Earth Hour is the hour the world unites in a stand against global warming.

2. Earth Hour was conceived by WWF Australia and The Sunday Morning Herald and in March 31, 2007, 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by switching off their lights and electrical appliances for an hour from 7.30 PM to 8.30 PM local time.

3. This innovative action has captured the imagination of people of 400 cities in 36 countries across the world and 50 million people switched off lights and appliances from 8 PM to 9 PM local time on 29.03.2008 to observe “Earth Hour, 2008”.

4. The “Earth Hour, 2009” was observed from 8.30 PM to 9.30 PM local time on March 28, 2009 in 88 countries and 4088 cities across the World where one billion people participated. As Earth Hour has grown from a one-city initiative in 2007 to a global phenomenon in 2009, renowned icons, including the Great Pyramids, Eiffel Tower, the Coliseum, Christ the Redeemer statute, Buckingham Palace, Beijing’s Olympic Stadium and many more world-famous landmarks have joined the global community in showing leadership on a resolution to climate change.

5. In India five million people in 56 Indian cities participated and saved 1000 MW of demand for power during that one hour where the contribution of Delhi was significant of about 600 MW.
From the icons of history like Qutub Minar, Red Fort, and Humanyun’s Tomb and Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus to the symbols of modern India hotels, cinema complexes and shopping malls-several switched off. Connaught Place in Delhi and Brigade Road in Banglore offered a unique visual spectacle with just the essential lights turned on. 100 top public and private sector organizations participated. Reserve Bank of India, Infosys, Wipro, ICICI, Google, Indian Hotels, HSBC, Standard Chartered India, HP, ITCWelcomgroup, HUDCO, Taj group of hotels and PVR. to name a few.
Amir Khan-nation’s popular youth icon as the Brand Ambassador and cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble also supported the campgain. Hundreds of educational institutions including IITs, IIMs,MICA, Jamia Milia Islamia, JNU among several youth groups took ownership of the campaign to help make it a success from Cochin to Gangtok and Dehradun to Bhubaneswar.

6. At the initiative of IISD, the “Earth Hour, 2009” was observed in Odisha mostly in towns, municipalities & NAC areas and the saving in Evening Peak Demand was from 100 MW to 48 MW averaging of saving of about 75 MW during that one hour of observance.

7. In July, 2009 Earth Hour’s Vote Earth campaign releases the Vote Earth symbol calling on citizens of the world to show their vote for Earth over Global warming. In December, 2009 Global awareness of climate change soars to unprecedented levels during an historic meeting of 192 nations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Vote Earth campaign culminates on 16th December with Earth Hour Copenhagen.

8. “Earth Hour, 2010” will be held on Saturday March 27 at 8.30 PM to 9.30 PM in 4000 cities & towns across the world switching off their lights for one hour-Earth Hour sending a powerful message that it’s possible to take action on global warming. It will let world leaders know the world is still watching, following the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen in 2009 which leaves room for a better deal.

9. Here are10 different ways you can support “Earth Hour, 2010” & reduce your carbon footprint.

1). Turning of your lights at 8.30 PM on March 27.
2). Showing your support and adding yourself to the list of global citizens caring the Mother Earth.
3). Talking about Earth Hour in your social network by updating your Facebook status, grabbing a Twibbon, tweeting about your support and more.
4). Get together with your friends and family, by hosting an Earth Hour party.
5). Rally your local council or community group to run an Earth Hour event for your community/group.
6). Make an Earth Hour Lantern as a symbol of hope for the future.
7). Enjoy a family dinner by candlelight.
8). Sit in the Dark and share stories.
9). Gather family & friends for a night picnic in your local park and gaze at the stars.
10). Be creative, Find a new way to mark “Earth Hour, 2010”.

EARTH HOUR-2010, JAI HO.

Public Called Upon to Observe Earth Hour 2010

Organizers led by Er. Nagendranath Mohapatra, Hon. Adviser, Indian Institute of Sustainable Development, called upon the general public of Orissa to observe Earth Hour 2010 by switching off electricity in their houses and offices from 8.30 to 9.30 in the evening on March 27 as a mark on solidarity with the word community in the noble cause of environmental well being of Mother Earth.

Stressing on the importance of Earth Hour in a Press conference, the organizers also hoped that the state government should come forward to link Orissa administration to this noble global cause.

A New Clock Heralds Earth Hour!

Engineer Nagendra Nath Mahapatra, an advisor to Indian Institute of Sustainable Development is a regular contributor to OrissaMatters.com. This article highlights the needs and priorities for observance of the Earth Hour-2010.

Orissa Prepares for Earth Hour 2010

In the study of journalist Subhas Chandra Pattanayak the first preparatory meeting for Earth Hour 2010 at Bhubaneswar was held on February 27. It was unanimously decided to observe the event on March 27 from 8.30 to 9.30 PM by involving more persons than last year.

Earth Hour is a global event organized by World Wide Fund for Nature and is generally held in the last Saturday of March asking households and industry to turn-off their lights and non-essential electric appliances for one hour to raise awareness on necessity of peoples’ unity for reduction of carbon footprint of power generation.

Conceived by WWFN of Australia and The Sunday Morning Herald and responded to initially by 2.2 million residents of Sydney on 31 march 2007, the innovative action has captured the imagination of peoples, leading one billion persons in 4088 cities of 88 countries across the world observing Earth Hour last year. More and more rural populace gladly joining the campaign, Earth Hour has come to be known as the hour when the world unites in a stand against global warming.

Placing the keynote address, Er. Nagendranath Mahapatra, Honorary Advisor, Eastern region Indian Institute of Sustainable Development revealed that five million people in 56 Indian cities participated in Earth Hour 2009 and this single step helped the country save 1000 MW energy when in Orissa it was a saving of 100 MW energy in the reign of evening peak demand.

To make the event a success, Mahapatra’s appeal was approved to adopt at least ten steps to reduce carbon footprint. They are:

1. Turning-off lights from 8.30 to 9.30 in the evening;
2. showing support and adding to the list of global citizens caring the Mother earth;
3. talking about Earth Hour in social network forums;
4. celebration of get-together with friends and family by hosting an Earth Hour party;
5. rallying local council and community groups to organize Earth Hour events;
6. making of Earth Hour Lanterns as a symbol of hope for the future;
7. Enjoying a family dinner by candlelight;
8. sitting in dark and sharing stories;
9. holding a night picnic with family members and friends in a local park or inspiring them to enjoy each other’s company in gazing at the stars; and
10. Finding new creative ways to mark Earth Hour 2010.