It is my feeling that the “Earth Hour 2010 – event” at Hyderabad yesterday evening was a low-key affair. Had the concerned authorities, the print and electronic media given ample coverage and explained the significance of the event from days before it would have made a great impact on the people. However today’s local newspapers have covered the “Earth Hour” news in brief and I hope this will bring about awareness among people to the growing concerns of global climate change.
It was just at few places in the Twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad that the non-essential lights have been switched off between and . And all around Hussain Sagar the street lights were switched off by the civic authorities for two minutes at as a symbolic gesture of environmental protection. But for this token observation the city was in utter chaos yesterday night unmindful of “Earth Hour” with heavy traffic and traffic jams everywhere and the dust and pollution at its worst.
This international event meant as a show of support for tougher action to confront climate change should be taken very seriously before it is too late. Every government, civic body and individual has to be made to be ever mindful of the future of the world, never at any cost should they further neglect or endanger the environment.