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Cape Town supports Earth Hour

2011-03-25 19:31

Cape Town - The city of Cape Town will switch off its lights on Saturday in support of earth hour.

"The City of Cape Town will be switching off the lights on Table Mountain and in its own buildings for one hour in support of Earth Hour 2011, which takes place tomorrow, Saturday 26 March at 20:30," said the head of energy and climate change, Sarah Ward.
"At that time, lights will be switched off around the globe and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour."

Earth Hour will be celebrated around the world and organisers are hoping that millions will switch off the lights to demonstrate their collective will to try to stop global warming, which is blamed on emissions of carbon gases.

This year, there will be a special focus on the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami and there will be a minute's silence during the event as a mark of remembrance for those who lost their lives.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has thrown his weight behind the initiative.

"Earth Hour is an opportunity for us to act together, the people united from all corners of the globe to send a powerful message on climate change. Enough is enough! Let us stop the destruction!" Tutu said in a statement.

The WWF is calling on South Africans to commit to a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle.

Comments
  • k1dbl4ck - 2011-03-25 20:11

    Earth Hour?! WTF. The earth is gonna need a bit more than an hour to fix our fckps.

  • gizzy - 2011-03-25 20:43

    I definately won't be switching off my lights. With all the tsotsies roaming around it won't be safe!

  • Looter - 2011-03-26 07:44

    lol, the street lights where there are thousands, are on 3650(10x365) hours a year and of for only one....hahaha what nonsense! The only thing good coming from this is that some might become aware and make a change....and let me tell you that percentage is TINY! I hardly see any people making the choice to become a wise consumer, only popularity, sex,money and status matters to most of the population! Either they dont have the capacity to see their world as a living whole, that without we cannot live, or they just plain ignore it for the pleasures of modern society! Make you change for yourself and most of all, EVERYONE :)

  • S9S - 2011-03-27 08:18

    Wow, but you guys are the sunshine itself hey? Careful, you might be to positive! Atleast they trying and who knows, it might change a few peoples mind, that would already help...

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