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A new platform - ‘Things to do in the dark’ - offers a variety of ideas and inspiration for everyone to celebrate Earth Hour.
To support this initiative, a ‘Things To Do In The Dark’ Facebook app, which will provide a selection of local Earth Hour events around the country, has been launched. There will also be a fun ‘Things to do in the dark’ animation online, in a cinema near you, on SAA flights, and in Woolworths stores too.
There are so many things to do in the dark, whether a candlelit dinner at home, a braai with neighbours and friends or attending one of the many local events held by communities and cities across the country. Everyone is encouraged to celebrate in whatever ways they feel best honours the Earth - the one thing we all have in common!
For people around the world, Earth Hour is both a celebration and an opportunity to reflect on our impact on the environment and the chance to renew our commitment to protecting the planet!
This will be the seventh year of Earth Hour across the world since it began in Sydney, Australia in 2007. In 2012, hundreds of millions of people in over 7,000 cities and towns and 152 countries took part in the world’s largest voluntary mass participation environmental initiative.
Earth Hour’s call to action has met with positive responses. The City of Cape Town has pledged its support to Earth Hour and will be switching off municipal buildings as well as co-ordinating the switch off of Table Mountain, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. The City of Durban is also pledging its support and participation in Earth Hour, as are the municipalities of Cape Agulhas – the southern-most tip of Africa, Mossel Bay and Knysna.
Various celebrity supporters have also come on board such as comedian and actor Charles Tertiens, rugby player Bryan Habana, popular youth TV show Hectic Nine-9, radio personality Saskia Falken, musicians Mario Ogle, Chad Saaiman and Keeno-Lee Hector, comedian Siv Ngesi and TV weather man, Derek van Dam.
WWF encourages everyone to get involved and help spread the word about this powerful movement for positive environmental awareness and change.