Tutu supports Earth Hour

2011-03-24 12:32

Cape Town - As people around the world get ready to celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday, 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.

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.

"It's meant to be a celebration - it's a bit different this year because of the Japan stuff - but it's meant to be about hope and the future," said executive director Andy Ridley.


It is acknowledged that the event is symbolic, rather than a direct saving of greenhouse gases.

"Through the symbolic act of switching off our lights for one hour on Saturday 26 March from 8.30 - 9.30pm [20:30 - 21:30 in SA] we will collectively send our clarion call for change around the globe. 'Please, political leaders and captains of industry, we implore you. Take action against climate change now,'" Tutu said.

Tutu has announced that he has retired from politics, but takes an active role in social issues. He campaigned against global poverty and HIV/Aids along with U2's Bono on the band's 360° tour.

"It is the greatest honour to have someone of the immense stature of Archbishop Emeritus Tutu endorse the campaign yet again," said Zubair Sayed, executive manager of communication at World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa.

The WWF is calling on South Africans to commit to a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Recently, the activist organisation has also challenged the public to consume less water and electricity.

"I encourage you all, wherever you are and whatever your means: Switch off your lights and switch on to the meaning of Earth Hour. Join this global call by the people, for the planet," said Tutu.

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  • BUSINESSMAN - 2011-03-24 14:08

    Great thinking - switch off the lights and whala! Earth Hour babies!!!! More babies = less power and a even greater load on the earth! THE PROBLEM IS TOO MANY PEOPLE, NOT TOO LITTLE POWER! Unfortunatly it is politically incorrect to say this, so now they come with stupid initiatives like this which will not help at all.

  • lizelle.wolmarans - 2011-03-24 16:38

    Global warming hoax

  • lizelle.wolmarans - 2011-03-24 21:42

    What I am against is the fact that they are trying to make us feel guilty for something that is not human induced. There have been many fluctuation in climate of the earth in it's entire existence and it will continue to go on, with or without people on earth. Natural disasters have also been part of life on earth and will continue to be - no matter what we do. I think people are in general very arrogant to believe they can "reverse" the effects. These things are not in our hands. I do not disagree with living more sustainable and green, what I am against is the cap and trade bill that will virtually destroy our economics and society and people will not be able to afford to live. " whatever the real or imagined environmental benefits, this bill will make energy more expensive, drive up costs and be an energy tax. The middle class and the poor will suffer most as the economy slows and contracts even more. Companies will pass higher operating costs on to the consumer and unemployment can be expected to rise."

  • David Nutzuki - 2011-03-24 22:48

    Real planet lovers and progressives were happy about a crisis being avoided! The rest of you? Political Support Has Gone For Climate Change: President Obama completely ignored the climate change crisis in his State of the Union Address and has not responded to the IPCC being cut off from it’s American main funding, by the neocons majority. Carbon mitigation steps have all been cancelled also. Politicians knew 25 more years of climate control was unsustainable. What lasted longer, witch burning or climate control? Scientific Consensus Has Gone: If unstoppable warming (death of the planet) were true, the scientists would be marching in the streets in alarm and criticizing the politicians openly for bailing on the scientific CO2 mitigation (taxes) the scientists say we need to save the planet. If this unstoppable warming crisis were true, these scientists would be on cereal boxes and CNN. They couldn’t even act like it was a crisis. And our suspicions have come true about why there were more consensus scientists than protesters. Do the math. The scientists say we humans are contributing less CO2 thanks to the world economy yet global CO2 levels continue to rise? Just like the “scientists” who produced cruise missiles, cancer causing chemicals, land mine technology, nuclear weapons, germ warfare, cluster bombs, strip mining technology, Y2K, Y2Kyoto, deep sea drilling technology and now climate change? Media Support Has Gone: One would think the corporate media outlets (climate change blood), would back off of the CO2 blunder slowly but no, they went straight to humor and making fun of climate change. Every media outlet, even the NEW YORK TIMES has had at least a few light hearted and comical essays or absurd dooms day predictions to make fun of climate control. How cynical can media be? We should have seen this coming. Voter Support Has Vanished: Although politely avoided at parties, climate change is not something any reasonable person would now days vote YES to, for taxing the air to make the weather colder.

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