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‘88888 Lights Out’ campaign today

Special Correspondent

Programmes to check global warming launched

TIRUCHI: The District Exnora, in association with various service organisations, launched a 13-month programme to promote measures to check global warming, commencing with a ‘lights out’ campaign on Friday.

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The Exnora has called upon residents, educational institutions and commercial establishments to join the ‘88888 Lights Out’ campaign on Friday, by switching off all electric lights and electric appliances for eight minutes from eight in the night.

The campaign would end on a similar voluntary switch off of electric lights for nine minutes on September 9, 2009.

The awareness programme seeks to persuade people to join efforts aimed at arresting global warming.

Mayor Sarubala R. Tondaiman, on Thursday, released the pamphlets of the campaign that are to be distributed among the people, educational institutions and commercial establishments.

‘Individual efforts’

Commending the service organisations for taking up the campaign, Mrs. Tondaiman regretted that people were yet to realise the immediacy of the impact of global warming, which could be checked through individual efforts.

According to G. Subramanian, President, District Exnora, the campaign would focus on reducing energy consumption in households, offices and institutions through the year.

Log sheets would be distributed to people to list out their conservation efforts and their outcome in terms of reduction in their energy bills.

Greening activities

Greening activities would also be taken up as part of the programme, apart from promoting use of non-conventional energy sources and non-polluting energy appliances.

Programmes on promoting solid waste management, liquid waste management at source, rain water harvesting and kitchen/terrace gardens would also form part of the campaign.

Corporation Commissioner T.T. Balsamy, C. Balasubramanian, Secretary, District Exnora, V. Ganapathy, Advisor, and representatives from Round Table No.54, Ladies Circle No.33, Youth and Student Exnora and other service organisations were present.

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