Make a change with
Earth Hour 2017
From 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Saturday, 25 March 2017, Earth Hour 2017 takes place. CapeNature urges the public to use their power and say YES to renewable energy.
WHY SHOULD WE SAY YES TO RENEWABLE ENERGY?
- The bulk of South Africa’s carbon emissions come from fossil fuel generated electricity (coal, oil etc), and like most countries in the world, South Africa can address this by bringing more renewable energy (solar, wind etc) into the country’s electricity mix.
- Not only does renewable energy reduce carbon emissions, but it is scalable and rapidly deployable which means that it can be built quickly to match the country’s need for energy. Far quicker than large coal and nuclear new builds.
- Some renewables already supply cheaper electricity than the newest coal power plants. The cost gap will only increase in the future, with renewables getting cheaper and coal likely to get more expensive.
WHY SHOULD WE CARE?
- For the everyday electricity user, rising prices are a depressing reality. The majority of households cannot afford enough electricity to experience a decent basic standard of living.
- Over three million households don’t even have access to modern electricity services.
- Communities living around coal mines and near to power stations suffer bad health effects.
- All this adds up to a huge threat to the country’s developmental goals, and gains, as set out in the National Development Plan for poverty and inequality to be eliminated by 2030.
- If we do not decrease our emissions, runaway climate change will impact the poor the most, and stop the government from meeting their developmental goals.
- Celebrated on the last Saturday in March – for one hour from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time – people are encouraged to switch off their lights as a symbolic gesture of unity to reflect on our impact on the planet.
- Earth Hour is a global citizen movement of positive change for the environment.
- Started by WWF Australia, in 2007, it is now celebrated in 178 countries around the world – including South Africa.
- The Earth Hour movement has over time developed into more than just switching off lights for one hour. It’s about collective action towards combatting climate change. It’s about going beyond the hour through daily decisions aimed at conserving our natural resources and about being informed and spreading awareness about opportunities for collective action.
Information and artwork courtesy of WWF South Africa