Tri-Cities residents urged to go dark for Earth Hour

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Each year, millions of people around the world come together to call for action to protect the planet.

"Participation in Earth Hour symbolises a commitment to change beyond the hour", the website reads.

Farida Tampal, state director, Hyderabad office, said NGOs and citizens of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh reached out to government representatives, policy makers, and educational institutes seeking their support for Earth Hour.

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The "Earth Hour" is perhaps the biggest global movement against climate change that has only grown bigger with each passing year ever since its inception in 2007.

Why should lights be turned off?

The Earth Hour is meant to engage a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues.

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When is Earth Hour 2017?

This year, it will be held on 25 March 2017 between 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Earth Hour takes place between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday, 25th of March in 2017.

India has been one of the leading nations in showing their complete support and dedication towards Earth Hour initiative for the betterment of the planet.

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For the event, billed as "the world's largest voluntary action for the environment", the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Eden Prairie are encouraging residents to join the effort. Turning off your light for an hour is not going to have a huge impact, right? This year is set to be the biggest yet as it's the 10 year anniversary of Earth Hour. Acharya said the consumption of fossil fuels at a rapid pace in last few decades has taken a toll on the environment while global warming, climate change, deforestation, landfills, air, water and soil pollution are some of the problems from which the environment is suffering.

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