Earth Hour 2011

In 2010 Earth Hour reached more than a billion people. Hundreds of millions of participants worldwide switched their lights off for one hour, including many world famous landmarks like Table Mountain and the Eiffel Tower,  as a symbolic gesture to demonstrate their commitment to combating climate change.  Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday, March 26 at 8.30pm (local time) and is of special significance to South Africa this year because the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17) will be hosted in Durban in 2011, placing South Africa in the global spotlight.

Show your support and sign up for Earth Hour 2011 by clicking here to receive regular updates about the event. Find inspiration by following Cape Town Tourism’s updates on Twitter, Facebook and our blog to see what others will be doing during Earth Hour. This year Earth Hour asks people to go Beyond the Hour and commit to an action, large or small, that will sustain the future of our planet.  Cape Town is going Beyond the Hour as recent host city of the Local Climate Solutions for Africa Conference, a platform for knowledge exchange about climate change to further prepare African leaders for COP 17. The Cape Town Climate Change Coalition, launched at a Climate Change evening at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on Wednesday, March 2 2011, is dedicated to establishing Cape Town as a sustainable city and raising awareness of climate change amongst citizens.

Finally, inspire others by sharing your plans for Earth Hour with us by e-mailing your story to marisah@capetown.travel.  Cape Town Tourism will send the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) a collection of best practice stories of how our members, citizens and visitors supported Earth Hour 2011 to showcase our city’s commitment to sustainable living.

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