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At 9 pm today,turn off lights for 9 min to fight climate change

At 9 pm on Wednesday,several residential areas across Mumbai will plunge into darkness for nine minutes to join a campaign called ‘99999 Lights Out’ ( short form for September 9,2009 at 9 pm for 9 minutes).

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
September 9, 2009 5:16:47 am

At 9 pm on Wednesday,several residential areas across Mumbai will plunge into darkness for nine minutes to join a campaign called ‘99999 Lights Out’ ( short form for September 9,2009 at 9 pm for 9 minutes). The campaign is an initiative by a Chennai-based NGO Exnora International to fight climate change and other enviromental issues.

Several residential complexes and a few commercial establishments in the city have already agreed to participate in the campaign and turn off lights for nine minutes,said Exnora representatives.

“During those nine minutes,we have planned events across the city to entertain people and educate them on global warming. Nearly 30 streetshows will be held at places between Churchgate and Bhayandar. These will be short skits on climate change,carbon footprints,global warming,and other social and environmental issues,” said Parag Awasthi,president of Exnora International,Mumbai.

On the lines of the Earth Hour campaign,which was organised by World Wildlife Fund earlier this year,99999 Lights Out will also calculate the amount of electricity saved during the nine minutes of blackout,Awasthi said.

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In March,when Mumbai participated in a one-hour blackout,nearly 23,000 kilo watts of electricity — which is enough to light up 25,000 homes in a small village like Wada for three hours — was saved.

Awasthi stated that Exnora is expecting a good participation from suburbs like Kanidivali and Borivali also.

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First published on: 09-09-2009 at 05:16:47 am

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