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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandirs, in Lilburn, Celebrated Earth hour by turning off the Lights
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandirs, in Lilburn, Celebrated Earth hour by turning off the Lights

Lilburn, Ga--  BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandirs across North America, including the one in Lilburn, commemorated Earth Hour by switching off all lights within the complex at 8:30 pm on Saturday, March 26, 2011.

“We performed the evening rituals inside the Mandir by candlelight,” said local volunteer Sandip Trivedi. “As a global citizen, I felt good participating in an event that marks our commitment to sustaining the environment.”

His wife, Niketa Trivedi, could be heard nearby, explaining to a group of curious young children why she was placing candles across the Mandir’s inner sanctum.

“It’s to celebrate Earth Hour,” she explained to them. “When we turn off the lights, we save energy. This is good for our planet, and we have to help in any way we can.”

Many diverse iconic landmarks such as the Gateway of India, the Alhambra, Christ the Redeemer, Tokyo Tower, Table Mountain and Taiwan’s 101 Financial Building participated in Earth Hour 2011.  Such was also the case at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn.

Demonstrating a year-round commitment to the principles of environmental sustainability symbolized by Earth Hour, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha is continuously finding new ways to creatively harness cutting edge environmental designs and materials in its Mandirs and activities. Currently, many facilities utilize power saving fiber optics, LED lighting and management practices to ensure energy consumption is both optimal and efficient.

Earth Hour is organized by the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) and was started in Sydney, Australia as a single city event in 2007.  Over the past 3 years it has grown to become one of the world’s biggest voluntary actions for the environment.  BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha has pledged to join hundreds of millions of individuals, businesses and governments around the world to turn off their lights for Earth Hour, transcending barriers of race, religion, culture, society, generation and geography in a global celebration of their commitment to save our shared planet.

To learn more about Earth Hour, please visit www.earthhour.org.