Earth Hour 2019: Eskom has all the jokes

Additionally, unnecessary lights in airports across the country were also switched off.

Earth Hour - when people turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour as a symbol of commitment to the planet - takes place tonight (Saturday, March 30) from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. For over a decade, more than 180 nations and territories have been supporting Earth Hour.

Previous year across the United Kingdom, 10 million people took part, along with more than 7,000 schools, 400 landmarks and thousands of businesses and organisations, the charity said.

The Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House and even the ancient Acropolis in Athens were plunged into darkness for an hour as part of a global campaign to raise awareness about climate change and its impact on the planet's vanishing plant and animal life. Supporters can sign a pledge to decrease their environmental footprint by taking part in the blackout, and share their experience on social media using the hashtags #Connect2Earth.

"Earth Hour is still is the world's largest grassroots movement for people to take action on climate change", WWF Australia CEO Dermot O'Gorman told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

It is not a simultaneous event and the Earth Hour time depends on your local time, and the participants around the world will switch off lights when it is 8:30pm in their local time.

Masango will be officiating the event on behalf of MMC for environment and infrastructure services Nico de Jager and he will be joined by MMC for community development Nonhlanhla Sifumba and director air quality and climate change Lebo Molefe.

Partit Demokratiku will be celebrating Earth Hour by candlelight in the village square of Mqabba at a pub on Triq San Bażilju.

In a media statement released today, our beloved Eskom called on South Africans to "switch off for Earth Hour".

  • Tracy Klein