“If there was one hour that mattered, one name that counted, it would be yours”
From Times Square to the Sydney Opera House, Brunei to Lithuania, the tallest building on the planet to an Inuit igloo, the world will once again celebrate the largest voluntary action for the environment as the lights switch off for Earth Hour.
Earth Hour is happening this Saturday, 31 March at 20:30 and Table Mountain in Cape Town will be one of the world’s landmarks to go dark.
Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative in partnership with WWF. It has grown from a one-city initiative in 2007, to a 5,251 city strong global movement, last year reaching 1.8 billion people in 135 countries across all seven continents. All over the world, individuals, businesses and governments turn off their lights to symbolise a commitment to sustainable energy for all.
For the first time, Earth Hour will extend to the International Space Station, where ESA astronaut and WWF ambassador Andre Kuipers will keep watch over our planet as the lights switch off, sharing photos and live commentary of his experience via the European Space Agency (ESA).
Another first for 2012 is that Libya will take part in Earth Hour. Just five months after the end of the Libyan uprising, nineteen-year-old Mohammad Nattah will organise Earth Hour in his town of Tripoli with over 600 people expected to gather outside Libya’s Museum.
The human population is consuming resources at a faster rate than ecosystems can regenerate them, and we currently use the equivalent of 1.5 planets’ worth of natural resources to support our activities. From melting sea ice in the Arctic to a looming deforestation disaster in the Amazon, coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef to a drought induced famine in the Horn of Africa. It’s time to act.
Earth Hour, is using the “I Will If You Will” campaign to inspire people all over the world to adopt urgently needed sustainability practices.
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