Earth Hour

2009-03-28 00:00

Earth Hour 2009 is scheduled for today. To mark the occasion people around the world have been asked to switch off their lights for one hour — in South Africa’s case between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm — in solidarity against global warming and environmental degradation.

There is some disagreement among scientists as to the extent of the impact of human activity on global warming. There is, however, general consensus that human societies are consuming resources at an unsustainable rate and that unless we start taking serious measures now, the Earth, which future generations inherits from us, will be the stuff of science-fiction apocalypse.

Ironically, although the Eskom blackouts of 2008 caused frustration and anger among users, and exacted a high toll on the economy and the country’s credibility, it also served to raise awareness of the extremely fragile nature of our reliance on fossil fuels to produce electricity. As a result, improved efficiency at the power utility and a much greater awareness of the need to save through becoming more energy efficient has succeeded in keeping the lights burning this year.

It is understandable in a country confronted with the major problems of unemployment and poverty that environmental concerns are given a lower priority. However, we need to work together to instil in all our people a consciousness of the importance of recycling, of cutting down on our energy consumption, of looking after both the built and natural environment, and, perhaps most importantly, of conserving our precious and endangered supplies of fresh water.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.