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April 03, 2009

Earth Hour in Cape Town – A Cape Town Tourism Flickr photo essay


Many of Cape Town’s citizens participated in Earth Hour on March 28 2009. The Mother City is known for its commitment to “green” issues, as Capetonians’ involvement in the initiative attests.

Held every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour is a global event during which people are encouraged to switch off all non-essential lights and appliances.

The aim of Earth Hour is to unite people worldwide in the fight against climate change, to convince governments that we need to do all we can to look after our planet – now.


This photo (not taken during Earth Hour) was taken from Lion’s Head just after sunset on a quicker shutter speed, but it does give you an idea of the usual night time appearance of Cape Town. 

During Earth Hour, hundreds of people gathered on Table Mountain Road, which leads to the foot of the famous, flat topped mountain.


Although it seems that not too many people switched off their lights for the occasion, there were quite a few black patches in the city. The lights in the distance are those of the harbour and other industrial areas.


For the occasion, the spotlights that light up the famous landmark were turned off.

The result – a star-kissed mountain. Beautiful.

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Image © Miriam Mannak 2009

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