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.


Residents of VR 32, Unit 6 in the City of Bhubaeswar joined orissamatters.com in observing Earth Hour 2009 on 28 March 2009 at the designated time from 8.30 to 9.30 in the night.

All electric appliances were put off and importance of the Earth Hour was discussed with Prof. Sabitarani Kanungo in the chair. The mission has a major role to play in saving our planet from climatic disasters and to wake up peoples to do their best for reduction of global warming, said Subhas Chandra Pattanayak.

In the media, when Orissa’s latest broad sheet The Khabara gave central place to the appeal highlighted by orissamatters by translating its presentation with due acknowledgment, the oldest newspaper, The Samaj, supported the cause through an editorial.

Er. Nagendranath Mohaptra, initiator of observation of Earth Hour in Orissa was encouraged by the unreserved cooperation to the cause by eminent persons.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Observance of “EARTH HOUR” this year is scheduled to be held on March 28, 2009 from 8.30 PM to 9.30 PM.

On March 29, 2007, as many as 2 millions residents in far away Sydney in Australia switched off their lights and electrical appliances for an hour from 7.30 PM to 8.30 PM local time.

This innovative action has captured the imagination of people of 400 cities in 35 countries across the world, who switched off lights and appliances from 8 PM to 9 PM on 29.03.2008 to observe “EARTH HOUR, 2008”.

Er. Nagendra Nath Mahapatra, Honorary Advisor ( Eastern Region), Indian Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD), in a Press Statement has informed that the “EARTH HOUR, 2009” will be observed in 1858 cities, towns and Municipalities of 81 countries across the world from 8.30 to 9.30 PM on March 28, 2009 as the part of the world’s first global action between earth and global warming.

The observance of the “EARTH HOUR, 2009” will send a clear message to the politicians across the world that action on climate change and global warming is a popular cause for which people across the world are willing to accept some little sacrifice.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged upon the citizens around the world to join “EARTH HOUR, 2009” to demand action on climate change.

He expects that “EARTH HOUR 2009” will be the largest demonstration of public concerned about climate change ever attempted.

If you support the cause, here are 10 different ways to spend Earth Hour and reduce our carbon footprint.

(1) Attend a local Earth Hour event or organize your own by throwing an Earth Hour street party with your neighbor; (2) Gather family & friends for a night picnic in your local park and look at the stars; (3) Enjoy a family dinner by candlelight; (4) Organize a treasure hunt in the dark.; (5) Take the dog for a night walk; (6) Have a candle-lit bath; (7) Sit in the dark and share stories; (8) Organize a family night playing board games; (9) Share a romantic night without light with your loved one and / or (10) Upload your ‘on the night’ photos and videos to flickr and You Tube respectively, and then add them to the Earth Hour flickr group and the global You Tube Group.

“We are in a dangerous path. Our planet is warming. We need green growth that benefits all communities. We need sustainable energy for a more climate-friendly prosperous world. We must observe the “Earth Hour, 2009”. This is the path of the future”, says the appeal.

We fully endorse the appeal and urge upon our esteemed readers and patrons to observe Earth Hour at the fixed time on 28th.