South Africa’s most prestigious shopping centres are joining more than a billion people across 178 countries in an unprecedented wave of support for the urgent need to address climate change.
Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City will be taking part in the Earth Hour 2017 initiative, in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA).
Earth Hour is a global WWF climate change initiative which calls upon individuals, businesses, governments and communities to switch off their lights for one hour on Saturday, 25 March from 20h30 to 21h30 local time, as a symbolic gesture of unity to reflect on our impact on the planet. The initiative is a global citizen movement of positive change for the environment.
To celebrate, the 13 restaurants around Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City will be offering a special candlelit dinner experience. Two lucky winners will each receive a dinner voucher to the value of R1 500.00, for two to enjoy one of these sumptuous candlelit dinner experiences on the evening of Earth Hour, as well as other great prizes. All you have to do to be eligible for a lucky draw is to share what you will be doing for Earth Hour this year on any of the following social media platforms:
- Facebook www.facebook.com/nelsonmandelasquare
- Twitter @NelsonMandelaSq www.twitter.com/nelsonmandelasquare
- Instagram www.instagram.com/nelsonmandelasquare
The Sandton City Dome (Protea Court) will be illuminated in green lights in the lead up to Earth Hour, in a bid to raise awareness of the initiative.
The Earth Hour campaign has additional support from the rest of Liberty Two Degrees retail portfolio, which will be acknowledging the initiative in various aspects within their centres –Eastgate Shopping Centre, Midlands Mall, Liberty Promenade and Botshebelo Mall.
Dorah Modise, CEO of the GBCSA said that the Earth Hour movement has over time developed into more than just switching off lights for one hour. “It’s about collective action towards combatting climate change. It’s about going beyond the hour through daily decisions aimed at conserving our natural resources and about being informed and spreading awareness about opportunities for collective action.”
Dr Morné du Plessis, CEO of WWF South Africa, commented: “In order to avoid the extreme impacts of runaway climate change, we need to reduce our carbon emissions urgently by introducing more renewable energy into the energy mix. Yet, the bulk of South Africa’s carbon emissions come from electricity generated by fossil fuels such as coal and oil. This has to change”.