Earth Hour 2011 reaches record participation

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 21 March 2011

Just 5 days out from the global lights-out event, Earth Hour 2011 has reached record participation, with 131 countries and territories registered to take part, on all seven continents, with all G20 countries, thousands of cities, and iconic landmarks and public figures set to join with hundreds of millions across the world to celebrate action for the planet.

Table Mountain in South Africa will go dark at 20:30 on 26 March 2011

This Saturday, 26 March, at 8:30pm local time iconic landmarks across the globe will go dark for Earth Hour. Starting with the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand and moving to the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the lights out campaign will then sweep across Asia and the Middle East to darken landmarks and events in China, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Iran and the United Arab Emirates.

The Queen’s Palace in Madagascar, Table Mountain in South Africa, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the London Eye have also signed up to switch off in support of the planet.

Major landmarks in North and South America – including Niagara Falls in Canada, Times Square in New York City, the Obelisk in Argentina and the world heritage site Presidential Palace in Peru – will also take part in the global plunge into darkness on 26 March for Earth Hour.  Continue reading

Beyond the Earth Hour

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 03 March 2011

Earth Hour Co-Founder and Executive Director, Andy Ridley, today announced a series of high profile and individual environmental actions, and a new dynamic online platform, to mark the global launch for Earth Hour, Beyond the Hour.

Li Bingbing has committed to being vegetarian for 100 days in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

Beyond the Hour marks the start of a new phase for the Earth Hour movement. In 2010 hundreds of millions of people across the world took part in Earth Hour, but switching off the lights was only the beginning. This year Earth Hour asks people to commit to an action, big or small, that they will sustain for the future of our planet.

Jim Leape, Director General of WWF, who addressed media at the launch said: “The challenges that face our planet are immense, but never underestimate the possibility for change when we face these challenges with true common purpose. Hundreds of millions of people around the globe have given us a glimpse of what is possible. It is now time to go beyond the hour and show what can be done – by the people for the planet.”

An online platform www.earthhour.org/beyondthehour that captures and allows individuals, governments and organisations across the globe to share their actions, will act as the tool to showcase and inspire commitments to protect the one thing we all have in common – the planet.

“The Beyond the Hour platform has been built with social media at its core,” Ridley said. “Social media will play a crucial role for Earth Hour 2011, allowing us to connect with millions of people who are committed to taking lasting action for the planet.” Continue reading

Cape Town commits to Earth Hour 2010

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 11 March 2010

On 27 March iconic buildings and landmarks in cities and towns around the world will go dark for WWF’s Earth Hour. The City of Cape Town is one of more than 1,100 cities and towns across the world who have already committed their support for Earth Hour.

Table Mountain at night. Photo by SteveG

As part of the city’s participation in this global event Table Mountain will go dark for Earth Hour, a symbolic act calling on leaders from around the world to respond decisively to the dangers of climate change.

“We cannot escape the fact that the planet is warming rapidly due to human activity.” said Mayor Dan Plato.

“If we fail to respond to the impending threat, this generation will start facing the disastrous consequences of uncontrolled climate change. If we act swiftly a climate crisis can be averted.”

In addition to the mountain going dark, the mayor’s office has requested that all municipal buildings be a part of the switch-off event on 27 March.

WWF is calling all cities and towns across the country to commit to supporting Earth Hour and to pledge to reduce their own carbon footprint by visiting www.wwf.org.za.