Earth Hour is tonight: Here's how you can participate

Earth Hour is tonight: Here's how you can participate

Earth Hour is tonight: Here's how you can participate

In an urge to save the planet, Earth Hour is an global event, organised by World Wildlife Fund that encourages people to turn off non-essential electric lights for an hour on a specific day towards the end of March.

"But for you guys, it's Earth Hour throughout the year, with that economic terrorism called load shedding you subject citizens to".

The event kickstarted in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, on March 31 at 7:30 pm after the idea of a large scale switch off was coined and developed in 2006 by WWF Australia. The Earth Hour has grown since its inception and over 180 countries and territories participated in last year's Earth Hour.

The Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge among other key landmarks around the globe were plunged into darkness for an hour Saturday to raise awareness about climate change and its impact on the planet's vanishing biodiversity.

Earth Hour returns today as people, communities, and businesses around the world turn off the non-essential electric lights for one hour, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, to show their commitment to the planet.

Paris's Eiffel Tower, New York's Empire State Building and the Acropolis in Athens will all take part in Earth Hour.

This year's Earth Hour theme is #Connect2Earth. "As part of our Earth Hour message, we are highlighting the need to take climate action now to protect our collective future", said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Phindile Maxiti.

Ornamental lights in heritage structures, such as CSMT, will be switched off too.

Those who would like to do more than sit at home during earth hour have been invited to a nighttime picnic officiated by MMC for development planning Reuben Masango. And in true South African forms, we let them know.

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