Call for action: sign up for Earth Hour

Posted by Laura Grant on March 24, 2009
Posted in Green News

In four days, on Saturday March 28, lights will be switched off for an hour all over the world at 8.30pm as a sign of support for our overexploited Earth. This year one of the aims of the WWF’s Earth Hour is to send a petition of 1-billion names to the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen in December. It is at this meeting that the countries of the world will agree (we hope) to an international response to climate change.

By signing up for the WWF’s Earth Hour campaign you add your name to a global call for effective action to combat climate change.

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon said that Earth Hour promised to be “the largest demonstration of public concern about climate change ever attempted”.

“Earth Hour is a way for citizens of the world to send a clear message.
They want action on climate change.”

So now is your chance to make yourself heard. All you need to do to add your name to this call is to go to the Earth Hour website and sign up. And then on Saturday at 8.30pm, switch off you lights for an hour. Use the time to have a cosy candle-lit dinner or lie on a blanket outside and look at the stars.

Earth Hour started in Australia in 2007, when 2.2-million people and more than 2,100 businesses switched off their lights in Sydney for an hour. Energy consumption reportedly dropped by 10.2 percent for the period – the equivalent of taking 48,000 cars off the road for a year, says the WWF. In 2008, 50-million people around the world switched off their lights for Earth Hour. This year the WWF hopes to reach 1-billion people in 1,000 cities around the world.

In South Africa, an official WWF Earth Hour celebration will be held at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will be among the entertainment lined up and mayor Helen Zille will switch off Table Mountain’s lights for the occasion.

In Johannesburg, an Earth Hour party is planned for Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.

For more information on Earth Hour in South Africa go to the Earth Hour website.

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