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Eskom calls on South Africans to switch off for Earth Hour
Saturday, 30 March 2019: As part of the global community, South Africa will celebrate Earth Hour today, Saturday, 30 March 2019 from 20:30 to 21:30 local time. As has been the case over the years, South Africans will join millions of people, businesses, and landmarks around the globe, who will set that hour aside to host events, switch off their non-essential lights, and make noise for climate change action.
Earth Hour, which started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, is organised by the World Wide Fund (WWF) as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. Currently, more than 180 countries and territories worldwide are part of this initiative, which engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues.
Eskom calls on South Africans to switch off for Earth Hour and will be celebrating this hour by using its power to showcase our contribution to South Africa’s journey in meeting sustainable development goals.
Eskom will measure the savings from this hour, inform all South Africans of how much energy was saved in that time, and translate that to CO2 savings.
Eskom would like to encourage people to take action beyond the one hour and to make energy efficiency and environmental conservation part of their daily lifestyles. We all know that we need to take immediate action to save our planet but many of us assume that these changes will place an added burden on our pockets and with rising prices on our daily living expenses, people don’t feel they can contribute. However, this is possible. People are encouraged to reduce their energy consumption every day by using electricity efficiently, switching off all non-essential lights and appliances.