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UN chief supports Earth Hour to help the world see light
The Earth Hour is celebrated with an active involvement of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) across major cities of the world on the last Saturday of March each year by turning off non-essential lights for one hour from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time.
ON THE occasion of the Earth Hour, the UN chief in a statement said, "Let us join together to celebrate this shared quest to protect the planet and ensure human well-being. Let us use 60 minutes of darkness to help the world see the light."
 
According to the World Wirldlife Fund (WWF), there are over 5 million supporters of event of the Earth Hour with global network in over 100 countries with a mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.
 
The Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, Beijing's Forbidden City, Sydeny harbour and many more world landmarks were blacked out for one hour on the night of March 26.
 
To observe the  Earth Hour-2011, even the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi  switched off the lights for one hour. All the lights of the President''s Estate and the family wing of President Pratibha Patil were switched off for the stipulated one hour.
 
Also, in Bengaluru, the software firms like Infosys and Wipro, most commercial establishments, househols, shops and the international airport supported the cause of the Earth Hour this year. With the theme "Go beyond the hour" this time, the voluntary act of keeping lights off began at 8.30pm lasted for an hour. The candle lighting  events were organised in all the major malls of the city.
 
It's a matter of great pride that the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has named India for the first time as the global host of World Environment Day-2011 for its quest to go for a transition to a Green Economy. This year's theme 'Forests: Nature at Your Service' stresses the link between quality of life and the health of forests and forest ecosystems.  
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