Earth Hour 2021 will be celebrated virtually on Saturday, 27 March at 20h30 (8.30pm) South African time. The event is the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment and has been celebrated annually since 2007.
Organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Hour focuses the world’s attention on climate change and nature issues. It is observed in more than 180 countries.
How to join Earth Hour 2021 in South Africa
Dr Morné du Plessis, CEO of WWF South Africa, says the country has celebrated the Earth Hour movement along with the rest of the world for more than a decade.
“This year, we have an incredible opportunity to join hands as citizens of the world during a global virtual event,” he adds.
“We are calling on our supporters to shine a spotlight on some of the most pressing environmental issues of the day by signing up as a ‘nature hero’ for the hour.”
On the night of Earth Hour, WWF South Africa will share a special Earth Hour 2021 campaign video narrated by the multi-award-winning actor, director and playwright Dr John Kani. It encourages participants to share this video on their social media platforms.
The video shows the links between pandemics, climate change and pollution, and the role of nature in addressing these challenges. To receive it, sign up here www.wwf.org.za/earth_hour/.
Earth Hour 2021 theme
This year’s Earth Hour theme is “Climate Change to Save Earth.” It aims to influence decisions the world’s political leaders are expected to make this year on nature, climate change and sustainable development.
According to WWF SA, these decisions “will affect the health of our planet and our own future for decades to come.”
“Healthy natural ecosystems are the cornerstone of thriving, equitable and sustainable societies,” says Marco Lambertini, Director General at WWF International.
“2021 is a crucial year for humanity. As the world tries to turn the tide and recover from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild itself, we need to put nature at the centre of our recovery efforts to future proof our economies and societies.
“Earth Hour is a critical moment for individuals, leaders, and environmentalists to unite and call for urgent action to reverse nature loss and secure a nature-positive world by 2030.”
For more information on how to be a ‘Nature Hero for Earth Hour’ this year, visit www.wwf.org.za/earth_hour/.