Millions around the world shine a light on climate action for Earth Hour

Posted on 20 March 2016
South Africans joined millions around the world in celebrating Earth Hour.
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For the 10th time, a global wave of action swept across the planet on Saturday, 19 March. At 8:30pm, millions of people turned off their lights and joined WWF’s Earth Hour, the world’s largest grassroots movement for climate action. 
Many of the world’s iconic landmarks went dark as the backdrop to a multitude of “beyond the hour” activities and initiatives on the night.
South Africa joined over 178 countries in making a statement against the wasteful consumption of the planet’s dwindling natural resources. 
The message was clear: everyone has a part to play in mitigating the effects of climate change.
Speaking at the event at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, WWF South Africa CEO Morné du Plessis remarked that, “In South Africa we understand that awareness leads to action and that action leads to change. WWF has, over the years, seen an encouraging and dramatic increase in business and civil society wanting to take part in Earth Hour, wanting to play their part and make a difference”.
In the run-up to Earth Hour, South Africans joined prominent figures such as cricketer Dale Steyn, businessperson Lorna Maseko, radio personality Catherine Grenfell and rap artist ProVerb in pledging their commitment to climate action through everyday actions like greening their diets, saving energy, becoming water wise and reducing their waste.
This year’s focus has been on the individual actions that everyone can take to translate into real change for the environment.
“Our real challenge is to go beyond the hour and to switch over to more sustainable ways of living and doing business,” du Plessis explained
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South Africans joined millions around the world in celebrating Earth Hour.
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The V&A Waterfront was the place to be in Cape Town for Earth Hour.
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