On Saturday March 28, millions of people around the world will participate in Earth Hour, setting aside one hour for the environment.
The first Earth Hour was held in Sydney, Australia, in 2007 as a symbolic lights-out initiative.
Today it goes far beyond the symbolic action of “switching off” and has become a catalyst for climate awareness, education, conversation, and driving positive legislative and policy changes by harnessing the power of the people and collective action.
This year, residents of Johannesburg and Cape Town will have the chance to add their voice to the global drive for positive environmental change with an outdoor adventure.
It will be held at the Kirstenbosch and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, with the support of Virgin Active.
THE EARTH HOUR ADVENTURE
At this year’s Earth Hour Adventure, Joburgers and Capetonians will take part in an after-dark, family-friendly race across the two botanical gardens using torches and headlamps to navigate hidden checkpoints along a 5km course.
The “dash” will be followed by a bring-your-own picnic on the lawns. Live entertainment will keep the good vibes going and everyone is asked to avoid plastic waste. And coffee lovers are encouraged not to leave home without their reusable coffee mugs!
“This year’s Earth Hour Adventure takes place against the backdrop of a deepening climate crisis. There has never been a more important time to come together to shine a light on the issues that are holding us back,” explains Justin Smith, WWF SA business development head.
Everyone is a part of the solution
“We can all make small changes in our own lives and encourage our leaders to make the big decisions, like supporting renewable energy, that are better for people and the planet.”
Get outdoors and explore
Last year’s event was at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens.
“The Earth Hour Adventure is a great way for communities to come together in support of our precious environment,” Smith says. “It’s a fun, family-friendly event in a beautiful natural setting and we invite everyone who can to join us to mark Earth Hour together.”
Both events are fundraisers for WWF-SA and proceeds go towards supporting their conservation efforts. For Nature. For You.
Earth Hour Adventure event details
Date: March 28 2020
Venues: Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Time: Gates open at 6pm and the “dash” starts at 7pm.
What to bring: This is a strictly no-waste event. Picnic basket and blanket (no food will be on sale and there will be no water stations), headlamps and torches, reusable coffee mugs, drinking cup, mug or bottle.
Cape Town MC: Good Hope FM Radio presenter Dan Corder. Artist: SA’s latest pop/R&B star Kerwin.
Jozi MC: Jozi-based rap sensation Reason HD. Artist: Urban Culture Band L8 Antique Online tickets are R180 for adults and R100 for kids (younger than six enter for free).