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Delhi Pedals for the Planet - Over 100 Cyclists Express Commitment and Solidarity for Earth Hour 2010

Delhi, India, March 22, 2010 --( WWF India today organized the ‘Earth Hour Cyclothon’ at the BRT corridor in New Delhi. Hundreds of enthusiastic cyclists demonstrated solidarity & support for Earth Hour 2010. The cyclists hailing from diverse backgrounds like corporates, colleges and schools gave their day an early start by registering themselves at the starting point of the Cyclothon at the Ambedkar Nagar, BRT Car Park. The enthusiastic crowd hit the streets with their cycles and rode all the way to Sirifort Auditorium with the pledge to give back to the environment by supporting Earth Hour 2010. On March 27, 2010, the citizens of India will lend their support for the planet by switching off lights from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

“To support the cause and mark our solidarity towards Earth Hour 2010, we flagged off this special Delhi Cyclothon. It was great to see the youth of Delhi participate in large numbers with such enthusiasm and commitment. Cycle commuting is a life style which could greatly benefit urban spaces and there is direct merit in promoting it if our cities have to move towards a sustainable way of life.” said Ravi Singh, Secretary General & CEO, WWF-India.

''Delhi was the lead city for Earth Hour 2009 and this year too, the Delhi government has given us full support to bring alive Earth Hour 2010. I am confident that the rest of the country will participate in Earth Hour 2010 as well, with equal enthusiasm and take this initiative to newer heights,” Ravi Singh added.

Earlier in the month, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Ms. Sheila Dikshit, along with Abhishek Bachchan launched the Earth Hour 2010 campaign in New Delhi. India joined the Earth Hour campaign in 2009 by committing the support of two main cities, Delhi and Mumbai. Five million people in India alone switched off on that day. Fifty six Indian cities participated in the campaign. India saved 1000MW of power in that one hour with 600MW of energy saving in Delhi alone. From the icons of history like Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Humanyun’s Tomb and Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus to the symbols of modern India - hotels, cinema complexes and shopping malls, all expressed their commitment towards the cause and switched off their lights for that one hour.

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Rikhil Seth

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