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Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Earth Hour 2009Earth Hour 2009 is a global initiative by the World Wide Fund for Nature which acts as a worldwide call to action to every individual, business and community to take a stand against Climate Change. To show your support, sign up now and commit to switching off your lights for one hour on Saturday, March 28th at 8:30pm. Originating in Sydney, Australia in 2007, the Earth Hour initiative proved more than worthwhile when it witnessed 2 million people coming together to switch off their lights for one hour for this vital cause.

Following on from this success, 2008 saw an estimated 50 million people taking part. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

This year, 2009, Earth Hour will see the lights go out on some of the most recognised attractions on the planet, including Cape Town’s Table Mountain, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Merlion in Singapore, Sydney Opera House, the iconic 6-star hotel, the Burj al Arab, in Dubai, Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and the world’s tallest constructed building, the Taipei 101.

Earth Hour 2009 has one major aim: to unite the citizens of the world in the fight against climate change in order to convince governments and world leaders that our planet cannot wait any longer. There simply isn’t enough time, and therefore 2009 is a colossally important, if not the most critical year, to take action on climate change. 2009 is the year we decide the future of our planet.
Earth Hour 2009 Sign up now and become part of what could be the single most powerful demonstration of global solidarity on any matter in the history of the planet.
By signing up, you are pledging to switch off your lights on Saturday, 28 March 2009 at 8:30pm. Your name will form part of a 1 billion-strong petition that will be sent to the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen at the end of the year to put pressure on world leaders to pass legislation on climate change.

This year, Earth Hour will see the participation of 37 national capitals and some of the greatest cities in the world; including London, Beijing, Rome, Moscow, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, Athens, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Mexico City, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Manila, Las Vegas, Brussels and Helsinki.

Closer to home, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban are committed to helping reach Earth Hour’s global goal of 1 billion registered participants. Having said that, the more individuals taking part in Earth Hour the better, so we not only encourage, but challenge people from other South African cities and towns to join the movement and get involved. So far, towns that have pledged to get involved in Earth Hour 2009 include Beaufort Wes, Cape St Francis, Ceres, Franschoek, George, Hankey, Hermanus, Humansdorp, Jeffreysbaai, Knysna, Patensie, Stellenbosch and Thornhill.

A number of South African celebrities, companies and organisations have recognised the importance of this initiative, pledged their support, and become Earth Hour ambassadors and affiliates.

Earth Hour 2009
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