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South Africa to switch off for Earth Hour 2010

Posted on 17 February 2010
Earth Hour lanterns
© Sean Kelland / WWF

With 579 cities, towns and municipalities and 77 countries across every continent already signed up to this year’s ‘lights out’ event, Earth Hour is set to show the world that a resolution to the threat of global warming is possible through collective action.

Citizens of Cape Town and Durban will unite with individuals, businesses, civil groups and governments in the world’s key cities including Singapore, Moscow, Toronto, Delhi, Sydney, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Dallas, Rome, Seoul, Dubai, Manila, Athens, Geneva, Tel Aviv and Bangkok. Communities in a number of metropolises will come together like never before with cities such as Stockholm and Hiroshima holding their inaugural Earth Hour.

Table Mountain will join some of the world’s most iconic landmarks in switching off for Earth Hour. CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Grand Palace in Bangkok, the London Eye, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Empire State Building and the world’s second tallest building, Tapei 101 will plunge into darkness to shed some light on how the planet can resolve the issue of global warming.

With more countries, cities, towns and municipalities pledging their commitment to Earth Hour 2010 than at this same point last year, there are clear signs of a burgeoning worldwide resolve to address global warming.

“Earth Hour will bring together people from all walks of life and unite countries across the planet to show the world we can work together to resolve the issue of climate change,” said Earth Hour Co-Founder and Executive Director, Andy Ridley.
“Absolutely any individual, business, civil group or government can initiate Earth Hour in their country or local community and lead a global climate resolution,” he said.
“While Earth Hour begins with a global switch off, we are really asking for world leaders implement a global climate deal that keeps global warming below 2 degrees,” explains Dr Morné du Plessis, CEO of WWF South Africa. “We must keep warming below 2 degrees to avoid dangerous runaway climate change.”

“This is only possible if world leaders deliver a fair, effective and binding new climate deal. Nationally, we are calling on government to embrace clean renewable energy as a viable and more cost effective alternative to dirty coal power.”

“We invite every South African to not only switch off their lights for Earth Hour, but also to pledge to reduce their own carbon footprint at”

Involvement in Earth Hour 2010 is now being sought across the globe – from the low-lying island nations of the Pacific to the arid regions of the Western Sahara, civil groups, businesses and governments are being encouraged to mobilize their communities behind the greatest act of global unity ever seen, to show the world a solution to the indiscriminate threat of climate change is possible.

Join the planet for Earth Hour 2010. Visit and show the world what can be done.


Earth Hour lanterns
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