This Earth Hour, let’s Shine a Light on Climate Action! | WWF South Africa

This Earth Hour, let’s Shine a Light on Climate Action!

Posted on 18 February 2016
A group of people spelling out Earth Hour with sparklers
© Jeremiah Armstrong / WWF-Canada
This year, we are depending on you to take small actions that collectively translate into a big impact on climate change. You can help us by becoming a motivator and climate champion for the Earth and bringing your neighbours, friends, family, staff, customers and community on board.

We’ve even put together an awesome website to help you along your journey. Take some time to prowl its juicy pages:

Getting involved is easy and the impacts are invaluable. So, shine a light on climate action by:
  • Switching off for one hour from 8:30-9:30pm on Saturday, 19 March 2016.
  • Pledging your support to take climate action.
  • Sharing your climate action stories with us.
  • Helping us to spread the Earth Hour message.
Earth Hour has grown into the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment and its protection. Its deepest impacts are beginning to reveal themselves through the day-to-day efforts of individuals and businesses – in other words, YOU.
Let’s be honest, we all know that we need to take immediate action to save our planet but many people assume that these changes will bear a heavy burden on their pockets and with rising prices on our daily living expenses, we don’t feel we can contribute.
The funny part about this myth is that, like all myths, it’s based on misplaced perceptions. The truth is that going green can actually save you a fortune. While some measures are costly, like installing solar panels, there are small things you can do every day to help you save on your bills each month – which means more money in your pocket.

Ways to go green are often made complicated and aren’t explained very well. It’s no wonder we resist them so much. We live busy, time-bound lives. Fortunately, most people WANT to help but simply don’t have easy and clear ideas on HOW to help. It’s regrettable, really, since climate actions are so straightforward and easy to implement.

At WWF South Africa, we have challenged this misconception, launching the Earth Hour website to provide some handy, simple and sustainable ways to go green.

So pledge now and join us on 19 March to raise your voice for change!

Earth Hour is the united call to action for people around the world to take positive action for the planet. The seeds were first planted in Sydney, Australia in 2007 as a symbolic event focused on switching off the lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change. It has since grown into a booming global movement that has mobilised hundreds of thousands to use their collective voice during Earth Hour to inspire, motivate and lead the charge on their hopes, dreams and concerns about the planet.

On home soil, South Africans got switched on to the power of Earth Hour in 2009 ahead of climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark. This momentum led WWF South Africa to inspire many more South Africans to sign up and switch off
A group of people spelling out Earth Hour with sparklers
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