POLOKWANE – Being a South-African, you most probably know the term “load shedding” as everyone experienced that a few years ago. Living in Polokwane, you might also be used to frequent electricity problems. Therefore, to be at least one hour without electricity is not that unusual. Since we are very dependent on electricity, for charging our cell phones, watching television, or surfing the internet, we often find that we have nothing to do when the electricity is down. Although being in the dark is not ideal, it is also not the end of the world.
Once a year, for one hour, everyone on earth are expected to switch of their electricity and experience life without power, at night. This is called Earth Hour and this year it falls on Saturday, 24 March.
The first ever Earth Hour was held on 31 March 2006 in Sydney, Australia. San Francisco was the next major city to run a program related to saving power in October 2007. By 2008, 35 countries in the world were participating on all seven continents. Between 20:30 and 21:30, hundreds of cities in these 35 countries turned of their lights. In 2016, the number of countries participating grew to 170.
This Saturday 24th March 2018, mark Earth Hour by turning off lights and electric appliances for an hour at 8.30pm. A small act with big symbolism. Let's show we can all act together and work for a better future for the planet. RT to spread the word #EarthHourUK #EarthHour2018 pic.twitter.com/GBglLSR7Bu
— Matt Larsen-Daw (@MattLarsenDaw) March 22, 2018
A chance which won't come everyday to have real conversation and interaction with your beloved ones without any cyberspace
— Anggoro Roeska (@AngRoeska) March 23, 2018
— Ruth Apriyanti (@ruth_apriyanti) March 23, 2018
— Earth Hour (@earthhour) March 23, 2018
So, turn of your lights at 20:30 and support Earth Day 2016.