The first Earth Hour was held in Sydney, Australia, in 2007 as a symbolic lights-out initiative.13 years later, millions of people around the world are aware of the social initiative and will set aside one hour for the environment on the 28th of March. The Earth Hour goes beyond switching off all lights, the initiative has become a catalyst for climate awareness, education, conversation, and driving positive legislative and policy changes by harnessing the power of the people and collective action.
This year, residents of Johannesburg and Cape Town will have the chance to add their voice to the global drive for positive environmental change with an outdoor adventure. The Earth hour will be held at the Kirstenbosch and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, with the support of Virgin Active. Residents will be taking part in an after-dark, family-friendly race using torches and headlamps to navigate hidden checkpoints along a 5km course.
“The Earth Hour Adventure is a great way for communities to come together in support of our precious environment. We can all make small changes in our own lives and encourage our leaders to make the big decisions, like supporting renewable energy, that is better for people and the planet” said Justin Smith, Business Development Head of WWF SA.
The run will be followed by a picnic on the lawns and live entertainment will serenade the crowd. This is a strictly no-waste event hence people will be asked to avoid plastic waste and coffee lovers are encouraged not to leave home without their reusable coffee mugs. Both events are fundraisers for WWF-SA and all proceeds will go towards supporting their conservation efforts.
“This year’s Earth Hour Adventure takes place against the backdrop of a deepening climate crisis. There has never been a more important time to come together to shine a light on the issues that are holding us back,” explains Smith.