An hour in the dark has never been this cool

2010-03-26 15:33

Without question, climate change is humanity’s greatest challenge

in the 21st century.

South Africa is among the countries that will be hit the

hardest by the effects of the impending change in global climate.


droughts, floods, water shortages and reduced agricultural yields which will

coincide with the spread of malaria will hit this generation unless action is

taken now to mitigate climate change.

One way of doing this is by joining the millions of people who will

be switching off their lights for an hour during earth hour starting at

8:30pm tomorrow night.

This year Earth Hour really has a life of its own with some

supercool events taking place across the country:

In Cape Town Table Mountain and the Green Point Soccer Stadium

will be going dark at 8.30pm. Glow In The Dark Soccer Tournament (CT) hosted by

Cape Town Tourism, in partnership with WWF and the Fun Ball Initiative at

Muizenberg Beach.

Johannesburg Zoo Goes Dark: Watch the outdoor screening of The

age of Stupid and enjoy a picnic during Earth Hour or camp out for the night and

see how the zoo works behind the scenes. Also the Meteorlogical society will be

showing visitors the planets and the stars.

Rock in the Dark: Join Evolver One’s Rock Fest at the Rustic

Theatre in Lonehill, Johannesburg. They will be switching off the lights, but

not the PA system, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Moses Mabhida Switch Off in Durban. Join the switching off of the

stadium at 8pm and watch as people create a massive candle lit number 60.

Stellenbosch Earth Hour Dinner: Join the Earth Hour outdoor

dinner party in Church and Andringa streets in the centre of town, culminating

in the switching off of all the lights from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Stanford’s 2010 Earth Hour Picnic and Jazz Festival: Pack a

picnic and a blanket and head to the Village Green and await the moment when all

the old stone churches ring their bells across the valley in the count-down to

the global Earth Hour switch off at 8.30pm.
After 10.30pm, jazz bands will start

up in the local restaurants and pubs all in strolling distance from the


Hermanus Earth Hour Coffee Party: The Overstrand Conservation

Foundation along with learners from the Overstrand Eco-Schools will attempt to

build a mosaic image of a frog (the endangered Cape Leopard Toad) with cups of

coffee in the Old Harbour on the night.

Sponsor a cup (R15) and come and

encourage the teams as they race the clock from 8am to 8pm to build the image.

And off course the lights will be switched of at 8.30pm.


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