Earth Hour, Shine a Light on climate action

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Earth Hour is the world’s biggest grassroots movement for the environment. This year the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is shining a light on one of the most challenging issue of our times – climate change.

“We know that awareness leads to action and action leads to change which is why we are throwing down the gauntlet to all South Africans to take individual or group actions that collectively translate into meaningful impact.”

Getting involved is easy. Just visit the Earth Hour platform on the WWF  website  and state how you intend to play your part in addressing climate change.

To make it even simpler, the pledge platform allows for commitments to be made under one of four categories: food, energy, water and waste.

Food, energy and water are the three essentials we need to survive and thrive. However, each of these is under pressure in the face of a changing climate. This pressure is exacerbated by our waste management, including the more than 9 million tonnes of food that is thrown away each year.

As individuals, it is easy to get discouraged by the scale of the problem, but the fact is that if thousands of individuals make everyday changes, the positive effect will be felt. This is the power of Earth Hour.

“Collective action is effective and inspiring. The switch off of lights, which this year happens from 8:30-9:30pm on Saturday, 19 March 2016, is a simple act which symbolises unity and a common desire for change. We call on all South Africans to take part,” says Morné du Plessis, CEO of WWF South Africa.

Across the world, Earth Hour has inspired hundreds of millions of individuals and organisations in more than 7 000 cities and towns in more than 170 countries and territories. Join the movement today by shining a light on climate action.

For more information visit www.earthhour.org.za