As South Africans, going without power is not an unusual occurrence.
We are all familiar with the silence that follows a power cut.
In true South African style, we've even adopted a certain humorous outlook on the matter.
Normally however, we don't have a choice in the matter.
BUT, on the 30th of March 2019 the entire planet will come together from 20:30 to 21:30 PM to voluntarily turn our lights off for 1 hour.
Earth Hour is an global annual celebration where we go without lights for one hour to recognize the impact of our energy consumption on the planet and to celebrate the gifts that our earth provides us with every day.
South Africans, who endure load shedding on a continuing basis, know well the impact that energy has on our lives. Yet for many people living on the African continent access to energy has still not been realized. Further, there are areas in South Africas coal mining triangle in Mpumalanga where the air is so dirty that it far exceeds the World Health Organisation's ambient air quality standards, leading to illness and other impacts affecting millions of mostly low income South Africans. Mining is important for the economy of South Africa and the coal industry provides much needed jobs. There is no doubt however that this produces a serious conflict between economy, society, health and the environment. The bitter pill to swallow is that the earth's capacity to absorb pollution generated from burning fossil fuels as we do now has already reached overshoot. Continuing the use of fossil fuels with current technology as we are currently doing is not sustainable. Using up the earth's known coal reserves will cause an increase in global temperatures beyond the 2° threshold, producing devastating consequences to the climate and leading to serious impacts that put our own survival at risk. Earth Hour highlights the urgent need to clean up our existing energy mix through innovation, research and development; creating improved technologies to produce energy and utilize our coal resources in a more sustainable manner, while we transition to low impact renewable energies. Many corporates in South Africa have pledged to participate. Will you join the global community on the 30th of March to #Connect2Earth and turn your lights off? We will.
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For more information on Earth Hour visit the website here: https://www.earthhour.org/earth-hour-around-world For more information on South Africas energy crisis click here: https://www.fin24.com/Economy/eskom For more information on climate change and energy click here: https://unfccc.int/ https://www.businessinsider.co.za/paris-climate-change-limits-100-years-2017-6?r=US&IR=T For more information on the air quality in Mpumalanga's coal triangle click here: https://www.miningreview.com/top-stories/greenpeace-africa-fingers-mpumalanga-as-global-air-pollution-hotspot/ https://africacheck.org/reports/is-south-africas-mpumalanga-province-the-worlds-largest-air-pollution-hotspot/ For more information on environment/social and economic conflicts of coal in South Africa read this academic journal here: https://www.accord.org.za/ajcr-issues/conflict-implications-of-coal-mining-and-environmental-pollution-in-south-africa/