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Singapore the centre of world-wide Earth Hour action

Earth Hour to take Singapore into world record books By Chitra Kumar,   31 March 2012 SINGAPORE: The world will get a little darker, but much greener on Saturday as nations and landmarks around the globe, from the Sydney Opera House to Taipei 101, and Singapore’s Orchard Road turn off the lights for one hour to mark Earth Hour.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiative to raise awareness on environmental issues will centre its Singapore activities at Ngee Ann City’s Civic Plaza with Earth Hour ambassadors coming together to form a “60+ SINGAPORE” symbol.

Organisers have targeted to recruit 3,000 people for the human formation where “60” stands for 60 minutes while the “+” emphasizes the importance of going beyond the single initiative of switching off lights for just an hour.

“We see an encouraging number of signups for Earth Hour ambassadors and we are confident that there will be more than 1,500 participants in the human formation of the 60+ logo,” said Prema V, director of communications, WWF Singapore.

Among the Earth Hour ambassadors is 46-year-old Natarajan Vytheswaran, who is looking forward to a wave of change.

“It is getting too hot, too wet, too cold. The fact is the weather is extreme these days because of climatic change, because of how we are abusing the planet.

“We are the only ones who can solve the problem, it is our responsibility to make a difference, change the direction of where we are taking the planet,” said Vytheswaran.

“Come Earth hour, I look forward to a sense of solidarity, a sense of community, where everyone is pulling toward a common direction. Hopefully at the end of the event, more people will realise they have the power to make a difference.”…

It is the fourth time that Singapore is marking Earth Hour, but this year is extra special with Earth Hour’s global headquarters now in Singapore….. Earth Hour first began in Sydney in 2007 and has since spread around the world, with more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries taking part in 2011, making it the largest climate change campaign to date.

March 31, 2012 - Posted by | 2 WORLD, ENERGY

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