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New Delhi hosts cyclothon, campaign for energy conservation

New Delhi, Sat, 24 Mar 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Mar.24 (ANI): As a 'curtain raiser' to the Earth Hour 2012, people from all walks of life participated in a cyclothon in New Delhi, campaigning to save energy and making our planet greener on Saturday.

The cyclothon heralded the message to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and build a future where people would live in harmony with nature.

Ravi Singh, Chief Executive Officer of World Wildlife Federation (WWF), who flagged off this cyclothon, said such events holds great significance as it creates awareness among the masses.

"Environment as a whole suffers as a result of our use of resources on the unsustainable basis including the forms of transportation that happened in different cities. This time, this year each city is going to come up with the list of actions that they will participate in conjunction with other cities by themselves and a number of institutions, citizens and establishments are taking part in it," said Singh.

Hundreds of cyclists took part in the cyclothon to support 'Earth Hour 2012'. The participants expressed their concern and commitment towards the environment.

John Holden, one of the organisers, said people should make this campaign a success by shutting off lights on March 31 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm in the night.

"We are here to support earth hour. This is something we can all do to one make a sole difference with the large number of people and also to demonstrate that we care about the environment. So, we all members will turnoff the lights next Saturday for an hour at 8:30 pm," said Holden.

Among the enthusiasts were students from schools and colleges, executives from corporate sectors and homemakers.

Earth Hour is a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) initiative symbolising the collective power of individuals, businesses and governments to reduce our impact on this planet.

Earth Hour is not about saving an hour's electricity, but we all depend on our amazing planet and need to look after it, not just for an hour a year, but every day. (ANI)

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