WWF earth hour 2016It’s that time of year when millions around the world will switch off for an hour as a gift to the planet. Let’s celebrate Earth Hour together on 19 March from 8.30-9.30pm.


The Earth Hour campaign has grown into the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment and its protection. Created by WWF in 2007, its deepest impacts are beginning to reveal themselves through the day-to-day efforts of individuals and businesses.


This year will shine a light on climate action, by encouraging everyone to take small actions that together make a big impact on climate change.
Here are 10 ways you can shine your light on climate action:


1. Love local and in-season
We all love the allure of those delicious-looking imported goods, but seasons exist for a reason and we need to embrace them. Eating ‘seasonally’ means less of a dent in your wallet, support for local, more sustainable farmers, and healthier, better-tasting food that’s grown closer to you and won’t spoil on its journey.

2. Go veggie one day a week
Be it ‘Meat-free Mondays’ or any other night, make a conscious effort to avoid meat for just one night of the week. The global livestock industry produces more greenhouse emissions than the world’s trains, planes, ships and cars combined.

3. Waste not
Before you throw any food away, think of the journey that product has made to reach you. Think about where your food comes from, and appreciate the production processes that have gone into creating it. Waste not, want not, by buying wisely and using efficiently.

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4. Track your energy usage
Today, it’s easy to find really nifty devices that monitor your home energy usage. By keeping an eye on these clever little gizmos, you’re able to see which appliances are responsible for your high electricity bill, and work on ways to change this.

5. Turn off that old geyser
You may risk the odd lukewarm shower as you get into the habit of turning your geyser back on in the evenings, but it’s a small price to pay for a nearly 40% reduction in household energy usage. Better yet, consider installing a geyser timer that’ll remember for you.

6. Unplug and switch off
Turning off and unplugging appliances is a really easy way to save energy and reduce your electricity bill.  With the huge volume of TVs, laptops and mobile phones in the world, the collective impact of each small saving is far from negligible. The same goes for light switches: switch them off when you leave the room.


7. Flush much?
Many toilets have huge cisterns and flushing mechanisms that last an eternity. 99% of the time, a small flush with a fraction of the water will do the trick. Either lift the handle once you’ve flushed, or place a two-litre bottle of water  in your cistern so there’s less water to fill.

8. Every little, dripping droplet counts
The sound of a leaking tap is enough to drive you crazy. What’s worse is knowing that a slow, dripping tap can waste up to 30 litres of water a day.

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9. Upcycle
Embrace this trending era of vintage-inspired ‘things’ by doing the same with your waste. Check out Upcycle That for some awesome ideas.

10. Recycle
Just think that every time you throw away a piece of glass, paper, plastic or tin, it ends up in  overflowing landfills, or is transformed into a gleaming new product that the world can reuse. It’s up to you to decide which path it takes. Start recycling and feel Earth breathe a sigh of relief.
Making a difference has never been easier. Take a minute to make your pledge for change at earthhour.org.za/pledge or support WWF South Africa by getting a MyPlanet card and making them one of your beneficiaries.