'Batti Bandh – Mumbai Unplug' is a people's initiative in Mumbai taking a stand against global warming. The entirely voluntary event taking place on December 15, between 7:30 and 8:30 pm has requested citizens on Mumbai to switch off lights and appliances in your home, shop, office, school, college or where ever you are for one hour to take a stand against global warming.
Why 'Batti Bandh'? And why one hour? This one hour for just one day is to set an example to the world, to every person who witnesses it, to show that together we can make a difference.
A similar event recently held in Sydney was called Earth Hour. In Sydney, 2.2 million people participated. Their one hour of lights out meant that 24.86 tons of carbon dioxide was not released into the air - the equivalent of taking 48,613 cars off the road!
Mumbai is a city with a population of more than 20 million people. Even if a portion of this population participates in Mumbai Unplug, it will make a difference. While we save electricity, we also simultaneously prevent pollution.
So, Esselites in Mumbai, stand up for a larger cause. Make a difference. And go Batti Bandh between 7:30 and 8:30pm tomorrow! For details, log on to www.mumbaiunplug.com
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