Earth Hour: Housing societies make powerful statement

When Dr Arlene D’Souza’s society decided to observe the Earth Hour this time too, they did a replay of sorts as compared to last year. Around 60 members of the Rock Castle in Kandarpada, Dahisar shut down their lights, did not use their lift and came downstairs to ensure that the electricity is not used at all.

When Dr Arlene D’Souza’s society decided to observe the Earth Hour this time too, they did a replay of sorts as compared to last year. Around 60 members of the Rock Castle in Kandarpada, Dahisar shut down their lights, did not use their lift and came downstairs to ensure that the electricity is not used at all.

“We feel very strongly about this issue. Last year also we had made it a point to switch off the lights for an hour so that the word is spread and all of us participate in what we do,” said D’Souza. The society found interesting ways to pass their time. A get-together in the building where the children recited poetry and the elderly sung songs ensured that everybody had fun while serving an environmental cause.

In fact, many other buildings scattered across the city made sure they switched off their lights for an hour for the Earth Hour on Saturday. Elsie Gabriel, founder of Young Environmentalists from Powai, who has been advocating Earth Hour for the last seven years encouraged other people to do the same by way of songs. “We celebrated Earth Day in Powai starting from 7.30pm where we had a musical hour with the renowned Psalms Choir till 9.30pm,” said Gabriel. Around 200 buildings participated in it.

She added, “As the largest environmental event in history, the Earth Hour makes a silent but powerful statement about the effects of human-accelerated climate change. We’d like to encourage people to go beyond this one hour and celebrate Earth Hour daily,” she added.

It was not just housing societies that were gung-ho about the idea. Meluha the Fern – An Ecotel Hotel in the city switched off their lights too. Punish Sharma, the area general manager said, “The speed and scale of climate change fuelled by the ever increasing consumption of the earth’s resources is impacting the whole world. Unless we make efforts to turn our energy production systems renewable, we will be surrounded by climate instability and energy insecurities that will affect each one of us. Every individual has the power to make this transition possible by taking small, yet significant steps.”