Published: Sat, March 30, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Earth Hour: Landmarks go dark for extinction awareness

Earth Hour: Landmarks go dark for extinction awareness

"Climate change is happening, we all need to switch on our efforts towards a sustainable future".

The lights will go off at famous buildings and structures across the country between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday as part of the worldwide event organised by conservation charity WWF to urge action to save the planet.

However, the irony of Eskom asking South Africans to turn the lights down low was not lost on us.

By switching off their lights for one hour, the Earth Hour participants show their support for not just the climate, but for rivers, for wildlife, for forests, and for oceans, each of which has been massively impacted by human evolution.

Dedicate one hour to the Earth on Earth Hour and users around the world share stories online with hashtag #Connect2Earth.

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Earth Hour is a global call for the protection of the planet and for people to take a stand against climate change.

The world's biggest landmarks - such as the Sydney Opera House, Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, Carnaby Street, Buckingham Palace, and Edinburgh Castle - switch off lights as a visual display of their commitment. But each of the individuals who participate in Earth Hour has decided their ambition is higher, and I believe this changes the game entirely.

The Earth Hour campaign is celebrating its 12th year with the aim of raising awareness on the importance of biodiversity.

The event, which was first observed in Sydney (Australia) in 2007, has grown into a popular annual event with citizens of 187 countries across the globe observing an hour of refraining from the use of non-essential lighting to save energy. Additionally, the organisation points out that it will be a good time to check out the stars, giving the comparably less light pollution.

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