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Witness Reporter
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24 Mar 2022
06:40

Earth Hour wants activists, not dim lights this year

Witness Reporter

Don’t switch off your lights for Earth Hour this year. Rather, sign up for change.

Don’t switch off your lights for Earth Hour this year. Rather, sign up for change. The World Wide Fund for Nature SA is calling on all South Africans to sign up for a global movement calling for a better future for the planet during Earth Hour on Saturday.

It said in a statement that this year they are not asking anyone to switch off their lights during Earth Hour.

“We are no strangers to being left in the dark due to loadshedding.

“So, when Earth Hour comes around on 26 March this year, we are not asking South Africans to switch off their lights. Instead, we are asking our supporters to sign up for a global movement which is calling for a better future for our planet.

“This includes a better energy future to limit climate change by opting for renewables over fossil fuels.”

Increasing awareness 

The statement read in part, “We are shaping our future with every action we take, and our current experience is just a foretaste of what is to come if we do not act now.

“Without more ambition and faster implementation of national and international policy aimed at curbing climate change we will miss this last chance to limit warming to 1,5°C.”

WWF South Africa CEO Dr Morné du Plessis said, “The uncomfortable space we find ourselves in right now is no accident. Our energy crisis is connected to our climate crisis and the way in which we treat nature.

“Earth Hour aims to increase awareness and spark global conversations about this planetary crisis and what we can do to change our trajectory for a better future for people and nature.”

On Saturday, March 26 from 8.30 to 9.30 pm during Earth Hour, the WWF SA will mark the symbolic hour by joining a global conversation on the most pressing environmental issues of the day.

Citizens are urged to sign up on www.wwf.org.za.