Earth Hour: millions set to switch off their lights

2009-03-26 00:00

On Saturday at 8.30 pm, millions of people worldwide will switch off their lights for one hour as part of Earth Hour 2009, an event led by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Labelled by the WWF as a "historic and inspiring event", Earth Hour 2009 hopes to reach one billion people worldwide.

Already 1 000 cities have agreed to take part, including, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Rome and Dubai with more signing up every day.

"Archbishop Desmond Tutu has honoured us by agreeing to be the patron of Earth Hour 2009," said Dr Morne du Plessis, CEO of WWF.

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