Tshwane switches off lights for Earth Hour

City of Tshwane supports Earth Hour

Tshwane switches off lights for Earth Hour
Earth Hour

The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality joined the global community on Saturday, 23 March in a bid to protect the planet by switching off electricity during the Earth Hour call.

The City switched off electricity at its largest consuming buildings, which are Bothongo Plaza Buildings, Centurion Campus and HB Phillips Building, from 20:30 to 21:30 as part of its contribution to Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a worldwide event organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature, held toward the end of March annually, and encourages households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. The event first took place in 2007 and cities around the world have followed suit.

Executive Mayor Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said the occasion of Earth Hour is but a start: We need to be responsible and take charge of how we use electricity. Each one of us needs to take a conscious decision in reducing our electricity usage in order to build a better planet and future for us all.

The City of Tshwane views Earth Hour as a demonstration of the simple actions that can be taken by each individual on a daily basis to contribute toward the continuing fight against climate change. Energy and resource efficiency should be engraved in our mindset and become a norm.

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