On Saturday 26 March 2011 at 20h30, people around the world will once again turn off their lights for one hour in support of Earth Hour – the global campaign co-founded by the WWF which raises awareness for climate change. It’s the largest mass participation environmental event in the world and sees people from all backgrounds and cultures pulling together for a good cause.

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Earth Hour is extra special in South Africa this year, as the COP17 climate change conference heads to our shores in December. World leaders will meet at the conference in Durban to discuss progress in dealing with climate change and obligations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The V&A Waterfront will be organising a special Earth Hour celebration at the ampitheatre to mark this year’s event. The Cape Town Brass Ensemble will perform as the lights are switched off around the ampitheatre. Drip-free, child-safe candles will be on sale at R2 each at the V&A Waterfront information centre.

I’m happy to see the Earth Hour initiative is continuing and gaining momentum. Do your bit on Saturday 26 March 2011 from 20h30 to 21h30 and show your support – it’s well worth it.

To stay up to date with Earth Hour news and events, visit www.wwf.org.za/earth_hour_2011.