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Earth Hour is a powerful, global, citizen-driven movement of progressive change for the environment. Founded by WWF in 2007, it engages hundreds of millions of people in over 160 countries around the world to turn off their lights for an hour as a symbolic gesture of concern about the harmful impacts of climate change.
Climate change is the biggest threat humanity has ever faced. Due mostly to the burning of fossil fuels, our average global atmospheric temperature is shooting up and affecting the habitats upon which our lives depend.  Climate change will also impact food, energy and water – three resources without which we cannot survive.

Thankfully there is a solution. We need to convince ourselves and our global leaders to make smart decisions about our common future, which will include weaning ourselves very rapidly off the burning of fossil fuels for our energy requirements. Fortunately there are natural energy alternatives, like wind, solar, water and geo-thermal technologies for generating electricity. And there are more sustainable ways of looking after our water supplies and food production.

2015 is a very important year for us all as world leaders will be gathering in Paris in December to make global commitments towards reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. They need to know that we know that their decisions will determine the future of humanity, and that this matters to us. We don’t want fossil-fuelled industries to threaten the health of our planet and our collective well-being. We – that is, ordinary citizens – need to understand that we have a duty too: to change our lifestyles and get on a sustainable track.

The global Earth Hour movement focuses on the positive things each of us can do, by using individual power to change climate change. Please join us in sending out a positive message by acting, voting or giving towards this cause. Watch this space in the weeks ahead.

Get involved

ACT: We are preparing a toolkit to help you organise your own event in support of Earth Hour, be it with family, a group of friends, your community or city. There’ll be downloadable brochures, posters, email signatures, web banners and party ideas to help you get on your way. Please share information about your events by sending an email to earthhour@wwf.org.za

VOTE: Leading up to Earth Hour on the 28 March, we will ask you to join our movement and vote for climate action. We want to get as many South Africans as possible to join this movement.

GIVE: You can also support our on-going environmental work by donating to WWF. Alternatively, you may be in a position to offer us free advertising/media space in March to help us amplify the message of Earth Hour. Get in touch with us: earthhour@wwf.org.za

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Climate change is the greatest social justice issue of our time, affecting our chances of eradicating poverty and inequality and of growing economies to sustain our growing global population with jobs and sustainable livelihoods. But each and every one of us has a voice to say, No to climate change. Use your power!