Sign up and switch off in support of the World Wide Fund for Nature’s “EARTH HOUR” campaign for 2009. It’s just a click of the mouse and the flick of a switch! What we need to do is sign up on www.earthhour.org.za Our names will be part of a larger petition of 1 billion names that will be sent to the United Nations Climate Change conference in Copenhagen at the end of the year to put pressure on world leaders to pass legislation on climate change.
The next small thing we need to do is switch off our lights, just our lights, for 1 hour, this Saturday, 28 March at 8:30pm.
The event began in Sydney in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. In 2008, more than 50 million people around the globe participated. In 2009, Earth Hour aims to reach out to 1 billion people in 1,000 cities.
This is not a job that one South African can do. It is about everyone participating. This is not about saving electricity, it is about a global effort to save the earth. This is a call to all South Africans to join in, because your participation will make a world of difference.
SOME BACKGROUND ON CLIMATE CHANGE:
2009 is an important year for climate change legislation with governments meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009 to debate, and hopefully agree on, measures to retard and reverse climate change. Environmental and conservation organisations, such as the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), wish to influence the course and outcome of this meeting. Earth Hour, the switching off of lights for one hour on 28 March 2009, is a symbolic act to create awareness amongst people about climate change and galvanise support to pressure governments to combat it. Climate change is the biggest threat of all. The consequences of changing weather patterns, warming seas and melting ice are devastating people and nature. We’re already seeing its impact - from melting Arctic sea ice to flooding and droughts. So we must take urgent global action if we are to safeguard the natural world.
The scientists agree. Average global temperatures must remain less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, or we face irreversible and devastating changes in the planet’s natural systems. WWF seeks cuts in emissions at the country, regional and global level that will prevent this. Although significant impacts will occur with average global temperature increases of less than 2°C, once we go above this threshold there will be increasingly severe consequences for people and nature, with the most vulnerable communities and species being hit first and hardest.
We also face rapidly increasing risks of passing a number of ‘tipping points’ - events that lead to sudden and increasingly large changes. Leading research - including WWF’s 2007 Climate Solutions report - shows that it is still possible to avoid the worst impacts of climate change by measures such as rapid development of clean energy production (which would address some 65% of global emissions) and stopping tropical deforestation (addressing around 20% of emissions).
THE POWER IS IN OUR HANDS TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
PLEASE JOIN IN. IT WILL MEAN THE WORLD.
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