Largest Voluntarily Action Ever in Kakinada
Uniting thousands of Voices together with the fruitful choir ‘Save Power – Save Earth’...60+ Earth Hour brilliance enchanted the Kakinada natives and the audience with its magical message on the March 26th, 2011.
It was the most spectacular event ever witnessed by Kakinada, all say! For the people who watched it Live, this story will remain as a recollection of those rare beautiful moments and for the people who couldn’t be there at the place, this story will share the joys of the lovely chapter for Earth!
Hey there, before we share the celebration episode, let’s take a while to get to know the backdrop of Earth Hour’s birth! Be patient for a read, we promise it’s worth it!
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Why are we on Earth?
That’s a universal question that might go around in every human mind at some time in their life...Why we are Only on Earth and not on the 8 other planets circling the Sun? For an answer to this, we need to travel a long long time back...
Of all the planets in the universe, there is only one planet in just the right distance from the Sun with a perfect climate. It is called the Lucky planet...the Earth!
What it took to create our Earth on which life could exist?
About 5 billion years ago, a huge asteroid crashed into Earth tilting it at an angle exactly to 23.5 degrees to Sun. This turned out to be a miracle. Without that crucial tilt, everything would have been different. For it created the seasons, extremes of climate both hot & cold, landscapes with spectacular beauty. But, does it have all the perfect conditions for human existence and life?
4.5 billion Years ago, when the Earth is very young and it just began to form, our Earth would have certainly looked very different. The sea is full of Iron and the atmosphere is lot thicker than it is today. An ocean full of Iron would have appeared green and the denser atmosphere would have given a reddish ting to the Sky. Conditions for human existence are better, the temperature cooled and the water is present to sustain life. But, there is still one horrendous problem, no Oxygen and without it there is no way a human or animal could exist! Gases like Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide & Methane ruled the atmosphere. Then after half a billion years, the Earth gradually cooled but there was still no oxygen in the atmosphere...
...the story did not end. Here is it introducing the first ever strange living structures which are the reason behind our existence today on Earth. The "Stromatolites", which are formed 2.5 Billion years ago! The living part of this Stramatolites (appears like brittle black rocks) are made up of Blue & Green Bacteria that grow using photosynthesis, taking energy from the sun they convert Carbon dioxide into Oxygen. It is due to this process of giving out Oxygen, we have the planet Earth as we know today and habitants like us humans, animals and planets are able to live on planet Earth. These fossils Stramatolites are 15 times older than the dinosaurs and the oxygen that these grand grand grand fossils emitted slowly changed the Earth condition to what it is today. The oxygen emitted was initially absorbed by the ancient Ocean Waters gradually turning them blue due to the chemical reactions and the Sky cooler & to the color of what it is we know.Only before 500 million years ago, the Earth perfectly was fit to sustain Human, Animals and Plants Life. And all the Life Started!
Phew! That was a long journey in the making of Earth as a breath worthy!
Now what are we doing to our great grand mother, Earth, who worked hard not for just for those 9–months but for 4.5 Billion long years to stand as the ONLY safe living breathing planet?
What is Global Warming?
We now know that the Earth’s climate has fluctuated so much striking from ice ages to warmer periods. But in the last century, the planet’s temperature has risen unusually vast about 1.2F to 1.4F. Scientists believe it is human activities that are increasing the temperature levels up, a process know as Global Warming.
Ever since the industrial revolution began, factories, power plants and eventually individuals using cars and electrical appliances has burnt fossil fuels releasing huge amounts of gases such as Carbon Dioxide, Methane, Nitrogen dioxide etc into the atmosphere. These green house gases trap heat near the Earth called the Green house effect. Naturally occurring gases in the atmosphere traps some of this energy and reflect it back warming the Earth. Green house effect is being intensified by these extra gases that humans have released.
Evidence of Global Warming includes the recent string of very warm years. Scientists declared 1998 was the warmest year of history and 2005 coming second.
As long as humans increase their fossil fuel consumption, the concentration of Green house gases in the atmosphere continues to rise. NASA scientists reports that the temperatures will increase from 2 to 10 degree Fahrenheit by the end of the century.
What it means for the planet if just 1 degree Fahrenheit is raised?
- The Artic is Ice-free raising sea levels flooding & wiping out coastal areas along Bay of Bengal
- Weather patterns will changes making hurricanes more frequent
- Severe droughts could become more common in warmer areas
- Species unable to face changing conditions would face extinction
- Evolution of New Desserts
Would you now dare to imagine a 10 degree F raise in temperature?
60+ Earth Hour – International
WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is the first ever Organization who recognized the need for reducing our carbon footprint and started to act with The World’s Biggest Grassroots Biological Movement in the History...The 60+ Earth Hour!
Earth Hour campaigns pledge switching off non-essential lights for one hour on March 26th between 8:30pm to 9:30pm. This radically decreases electricity usage percentage over one hour and thus the carbon emissions.
Last Saturday of March is opted as the day of the Event since around this time the Spring and Autumn equinoxes in the northern and southern hemispheres respectively, which allows for near coincidental sunset times in both hemispheres, thereby ensuring the greatest visual impact for a global ’lights out’ event.
The whole thing has significance!
It all started in the year 2007 at Sydney, the Australia’s largest City! It passed on the dramatic message of Global Warming and 2.2 million people keenly switched off lights.
According to figures, electricity consumption for the 2007 event in Sydney was 10.2% lower during the Hour. The Herald Sun equated this with "taking 48,613 cars off the road for 1 hour."
In 2008, it went Global in 400 Cities as a hope for the future of our planet.
In 2009, the symbol of switching off lights united the planet across the world to vote for planet Earth speaking with one voice ’now is the time...’
In 2010, Earth Hour reached 1 Billion people Worldwide and stood as the One Action against the devastating effects of Climate Change due to Global Warming.
And it continued motivating and educating us...
60+ Earth Hour 2011 in our city – Kakinada
This prestigious worldwide campaign finally reached AP State and selected Kakinada city as the official place for celebrating The 60+ Earth Hour. A Pride for every Kakinada citizen!
The Earth Hour Event in Kakinada went on a very successful note in the most beautiful backdrop!
The March 26th 7pm to 11pm:
Between 7:00 to 8:00pm, an Energy Audit Seminar was conducted by WWF–India AP State Director Mrs. Farida Tampal, where around 800 students of JNTU participated.
8:00pm onwards, the public group for the candle walk started gathering slowly and the number reached to nearly 2000 people. The Walk started exactly at 8:30pm after JC flagged to open. The electricity is turned off by the Electricity Board as a positive sign of conformity.
"The Candle Walk was leaded by the dignitaries Joint Collector Mr. Kona Sasidhar IAS, WWF– India AP State Director Mrs. Farida Tampal, Incharge Muncipal Commissioner Mr. Murthy, RDO Mr. Kishore, Nyros Technologies CEO Mr. Pavan Kumar Mangalampalli and the Telugu Ghazal Maestro Dr.Ghazal Srinivas outfitted with the organic WWF T– Shirts."
9:30pm at Vivekananda Park: The stage is arranged right beside the lake groomed with the bright moonlight and soothing chill airs surrounding the place. The environment amazingly shored up the event and the gathering. The background music numbers like Michael Jackson’s Earth Song and the Earth Hour Theme were played throughout the cultural event. There was a real huge crowd in front stage voicing out slogans on saving power.
Along with the dignitaries, students from schools and colleges, Rotary Club President Mrs. Rama Devi addressed the Audience with their piece of advice and their contribution on saving power and its consequences.
Followed, Mr. Ghazal Srinivas sung few very motivating Ghazals with his wonderful voice and the audience was enthralled over his tunes.
The Event ended up with inspiring message from Mr.Ghazal Srinivas on importance of saving our Earth and distributing around 500+ Earth Hour Participation Certificates to JNTU students.
That remains as the most spectacular and exceptional experience for each and everyone who participated and organized 60+ Earth Hour in Kakinada with such an amazing public response.
Kakinada hopes WWF’s Earth Hour will be remembered and supported beyond that one hour for our lively planet!
Mr. Kona Sasidhar IAS (Joint Collector)
"I am very happy that WWF’s Earth Hour, a worldwide campaign has reached our Kakinada to celebrate the event with all of us together. Hope our people will save natural resources and understand the need for saving planet Earth for future generations."
Dr. Ghazal Srinivas(Indian Classical Vocalist | Telugu Ghazal Maestro)
"Jai Ho. Even in major cities, I’ve never seen such a huge public response and I am very happy for our Kakinada. Love our Mother Earth, Plant & Value Trees it gives us the air to breathe, shelter, admires and respects its fellow-creatures without hoping for any returns. We exist only when Earth exists. Salute to Earth!"
Mrs. Farida Tampal(WWF-India AP State Director)
"I greatly appreciate the local organizations, government bodies and individuals for their great support in bringing awareness of energy conservation importance among the people and making the campaign a grand success."
Mr. Murthy (Incharge Municipal Commissioner)
"I am very glad to see such a huge public response for a Voluntary event targeting energy conservation. Hope we all do our best to uphold our planet Earth and fight against natural disasters."
Mr. Kishore Kumar (RDO)
"An Event which has been pursued in Countries like New York, Australia finally reached Kakinada and it is a pride for us to get our city quoted among the cities who participated in WWF Earth Hour, such a purposeful event. Hope you all continue this spirit in future and save power."
One Carbon Footprint
What you as an individual can do to lower your carbon footprint?
- Switch off electrical appliances when not in use (lights, televisions, DVD players, Computers etc).
- Do your weekly shopping in a single trip
- Fill your dish washer and washing machine with a full load. This will save you water, electricity, and washing powder
- Hang out the washing to dry rather than tumble drying it
- These will save on your energy bills overtime:
- Fit energy saving light bulbs
- Install thermostatic valves on your radiators
- Insulate your hot water tank, your loft and your walls
- Installing cavity wall installation
- Recycle your grey water
- Replace your old fridge / freezer (if it is over 15 years old), with a new one with energy efficiency rating of "A"
- Replace your old boiler with a new energy efficient condensing boiler
- Use the bus or a train rather than your car
- For short journeys either walk or cycle
- Next time you replace your car – try diesel engines
- When staying in a hotel – turn the lights and air–conditioning off when you leave your hotel room
- Don’t buy bottled water if your tap water is safe to drink
- Buy local fruit and vegetables, or even try growing your own
- Buy foods that are in season locally
- Don’t buy fresh fruit and vegetables which are out of season
- Reduce your consumption of meat
- Use more organic produce
- Don’t buy over packaged products
- Recycle as much as possible
Now our planet struggles to support our growing demands. This is the time to take a stock of what we have and what we stand to loose. We are here on Earth to join our fellow creatures who struggle to grow their young in the world which is rapidly changing.
Make a promise: I am only one but I do because I can do it for my homeland...for me and...for my family!
Love Earth. It Bears Us. Respect Life. It allows us to experience the beauty of human relations & nature!