Government urges South Africans to take part in Earth Hour
By Mikhaila Crowie
19 March 2009
The government has urged South Africans to join a campaign of switching off lights for an hour later this month to raise awareness of climate change.
Environmental Affairs Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk says climate change should be recognised as an issue that affects not just nature, but humans, and especially the poor.
In the global event "Earth Hour" South Africans will be asked to switch off all non-essential lights on Saturday night, March 28th, from half past eight.
The V&A Waterfront, will host Cape Town’s celebration of WWF’s Earth Hour, A Concert in the Dark.
The event will see Table Mountain plunged into darkness for an hour.
The concert will be webcast to millions around the world as a statement on the need for action on climate change.
More than a thousand cities in 80 countries and 25 time zones have already signed up to take part in the one hour lights-out campaign.