uShaka’s dolphins to join Saturday’s worldwide switch-off

2011-03-23 00:00

EARTH Hour 2011 promises to be different from those in previous years — with even the dolphins at uShaka Marine World joining in the big switch- off this year.

In Durban, the eThekwini Municipality will be co-ordinating a clean-up on the beachfront, followed by an event at uShaka Marine World. The dolphins will be assisting with the switch-off, and you can join them by turning off your lights from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Saturday.

Earth Hour is an initiative in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that invites people around the world to turn their lights off for an hour every year to show support for reducing our environmental impact.

Earth Hour started in Sydney in 2007, with two million people. Last year, there was the largest voluntary action ever seen with 128 participating countries and landmarks like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Rome’s Colosseum switching off their lights.

Earth Hour 2011 is focused on not only creating awareness by switching off lights for an hour, but also on making lasting commitments to acting in an environmentally friendly way.

Said Zubair Sayed, executive manager of communication and marketing at WWF South Africa, in a press release, “This year is especially important for South Africa, as we will host the crucial COP17 climate change conference in Durban in December.

“WWF encourages everyone in South Africa to take a stand against climate change as it affects all of us, our country and our planet. This year we are calling on everyone in South Africa to go beyond the hour and commit to environmentally sustainable action on an ongoing basis.”

The Musunduzi Municipality has been somewhat slow off the mark. Spokesperson Brian Zuma said, “Earth hour is something we really haven’t applied our minds to, in view of the pressure we have trying to make up on the service delivery backlogs.

“It is not because Earth Hour is not important to us, it’s just that there are more pressing issues …”

eThekwini Municipality’s Earth Hour at uShaka Marine World: E-mail Priscilla Moodley at moodleypr@durban.gov.za or call her at 031 311 1629. Earth Hour and the WWF: Call Carolyn Cramer at 082 929 0348 or e-mail ccramer@wwf.org.za

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