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Shine your light for people and nature this Earth Hour

Countries around the world will host virtual Earth Hour commemorations to ensure public safety and show solidarity for those affected by Covid-19.

In the midst of the global Covid-19 health crisis, Earth Hour, which takes place on Saturday 28 March from 8.30pm to 9.30pm local time, marks a moment of solidarity for the planet as global communities unite and organise events digitally.
WWF South Africa will commemorate this year’s event by sharing videos, photographs and messages of hope from South Africans which shine a light on what nature means to us in the face of the numerous challenges facing us – including the current health crisis, the climate crisis and our ongoing energy crisis.
Although the Earth Hour Adventures, which were to have taken place at Kirstenbosch and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens have been cancelled, supporters can still celebrate at home in whichever way they choose – be it by simply lighting a candle and pausing for a moment of reflection or following commemorations online.
In South Africa, you can add your voice for a renewed focus on clean and reliable sources of energy and follow the conversation on our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Dr Morné du Plessis, WWF South Africa: “WWF works for both people and nature and we would like to see everyone in South Africa pull together for the common good during this time of crisis. It is notable to see how many people are drawing on nature as a source of inspiration while having to make profound adjustment in their lives. Earth Hour is a moment of reflection that we can all mark at home in our own small way to acknowledge how dependent we are on the natural world and the need to treat it with respect.”
Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives from the Covid-19 outbreak and our thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones or who are sick. In this hour of crisis, we need to unite now more than ever to safeguard our future and the future of our planet. It is a time for solidarity and a time to respond to challenges more creatively and work more collaboratively, which is why Earth Hour is being marked through digital events across the globe.”
Greta Thunberg, climate and environmental activist: “Earth Hour for me is every hour of every day. The need to unite and protect our planet has never been greater. As we have been asked to avoid public gatherings to slow the spreading of the Covid-19, I recommend everyone to come together virtually for #EarthHour to renew our commitment to the planet and use our voices to drive action online safely and responsibly.”

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