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WWF calls on people to observe Earth Hour

WWF-SA CEO will be at the V&A Waterfront where all non-essential lights will be switched off for an hour.

Table Mountain is plunged into darkness for the global Earth Hour intitiative, on March 29, 2014. Picture: AFP.
Earth Hour,SA saves 575 megawatts during earth hour
Local World

CAPE TOWN – The World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature is calling on people to switch off their lights tonight during Earth Hour.

Earth Hour - a global event where lights are turned off as a symbol of commitment to climate action - will take place from 8:30 to 9:30pm.

More than 350 landmark buildings across the world including the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and Taipei 101 will follow suit.

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007 as an initiative of conservation group WWF and went global in 2008, attracting 50 million people.

WWF-SA CEO Mornè du Plessis will be at the V&A Waterfront tonight where all non-essential lights will be switched off for the hour.

Du Plessis says the theme for this year's Earth Hour is climate awareness.

“It’s provided an outlet for people who embrace the concept of an environmental movement where they can express themselves in a way where people can notice of the stance they take.”

SYDNEY AMONG FIRST CITIES TO SWITCH OFF LIGHTS FOR EARTH HOUR

Cities on Australia's east coast were among the first in the world to turn lights out on Saturday for the 10th annual Earth Hour, a global lights out event designed to highlight the threat from climate change.

The Sydney Opera House, normally brightly lit, switched off its lights at 8:30pm, along with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and dozens more buildings across the city and Australia.

Organisers hope this year's Earth Hour can tap a “new momentum” in climate action following world leaders' Paris agreement in December. That agreement set a course for global carbon emissions reduction to a net zero by 2100, shifting from fossil fuels in favor of greener energies such as solar and wind power.

Average global temperatures last month were 1.35 degree Celsius above normal for February, the biggest temperature excess recorded for any month against a baseline of 1951-80, according to NASA data released last weekend.

Earth Hour Global executive director Siddarth Das, said in a statement that the world is at a “climate crossroads”.

“From living rooms to classrooms and conference rooms, people are demanding climate action,” he said.

“Earth Hour reminds us that while people are on the frontline of climate change, they are also our first line of defence. Our actions today, as individuals and the global community, have the power to transform what the world will look like for generations to come.”

This year organisers say events will be held in 178 countries and territories.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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