Guwahati: Earth Hour was observed across India on Saturday, when people and institutions came forward to turn off non-essential electric lights, for one hour, from 8.30 to 9.30 pm, as a symbol of commitment to the planet.
In Assam, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) partnered with Bharat Scouts & Guides NE Region, Earthful foundation and Apollo Hospitals Guwahati for spreading awareness about Earth hour.
Noted actor and vocalist, Arghadeep Barua also joined hands with WWF to support the campaign.
Schools, colleges and universities such as Delhi Public School, Guwahati; Royal Global School, Guwahati and Assam Valley School, Balipara; S B Deorah College, Handique Girls’ College, several departments of Gauhati University and Cotton University spread the word through posters and video messages among their students and encouraged them to observe Earth Hour at home and hostels.
NCC Unit Cadets from 30 Assam Engineering BN in collaboration with WWF organised awareness programmes for Earth hour in rural areas.
Hotels such as Vivanta by Taj, Novotel, Guwahati and cultural centres like Srimanta Shankardev Kalakshetra and Gauhati Planetarium supported and observed Earth Hour by switching off non-essential lights for supporting the cause. Also shopping complexes observed Earth hour as informed by Archita Baruah Bhattacharyya, Coordinator WWF India Assam State Office.
Apart from this, residences also observed Earth Hour in solidarity with the cause.