Will You Be Switching Off For Earth Hour?

Mar 16, 2016 Conservation
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 “Climate change is a people problem. People cause climate change and people suffer from climate change. People can also solve climate change. WWF’s Earth Hour shows what is possible when we unite in support of a common cause” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General

At Wilderness Safaris, we believe in the power of change and the power of a collective movement. We know that doing something together, however small it may seem, can make a big difference. It’s for this reason that we invite you to take part in the #EarthHour Weekend Challenge.

Why Earth Hour?

Climate change is the planet’s biggest environmental challenge. The Earth Hour movement began in Australia in 2007 and has grown to become the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. It seeks to inspire and mobilise people around the world to use their power to take action against climate change. In 2015, a record-breaking 172 countries participated in Earth Hour.

Also of interest is that 10,400 landmarks and monuments, including several UNESCO World Heritage sites, participated in Earth Hour 2015. South Africa led the way for African countries by turning off lights on Table Mountain, usually lit at night, as well as at the world-famous Robben Island, also in the Western Cape. This year we hope to see many more people, countries and landmarks doing the same!

The darkest nights produde the brightest stars! Earth Hour 2015 celebrated in style at Kwetsani Camp, Botswana.

Take Part in the Earth Hour Weekend Challenge

While many of you do your bit on a daily basis, whether it is carpooling to work, the way we eat, and the efforts we make to save electricity, we are asking you to continue this but to do so with a slight twist...

On 19 March, we will once again join in the Earth Hour movement by switching off our lights from 8.30 to 9.30 pm. However, we would like you to take this one step further…

Here’s how:

  • Take part in #EarthHour 2016 – turn off your lights and non-essential electricity for one hour from 8.30 to 9.30 pm on Saturday 19 March
  • Show us your creativity – document your Earth Hour evening. Take pictures (use your phone), videos and share your Earth Hour festivities with us by using the following hashtags: #disconnectreconnect (Wilderness Safaris hashtag) and #EarthHour (official Earth Hour hashtag) – post your pictures to social media networks – Instagram/Twitter/Facebook
  • Go over and above the hour – share your photographs/videos on social media networks showing us some of the ways you do your bit for the planet whether it is by recycling or the dishwashing liquid that you use at home! (use the same hashtag #disconnetreconnect)

It’s that simple!

An Earth Hour inspired bush dinner at DumaTau Camp

Why take part?

Earth Hour is just one more opportunity to use our power to make a difference on a global scale. By taking part and showing our efforts we help to spread this message.


Our Social Media team will repost and share your tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts to spread the message.

The best posts will be shared on our website – please share your photos with us!

Remember to use the hashtag: #disconnetreconnect so that we can pick up your post and share. Please also include the #EarthHour and #wildernesssafaris hashtags.

Remember, we can’t do this without you!

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By Kate Collins

Kate grew up exploring the bushveld on her family rose farm, living among Nguni cattle, geese, warthogs, ostriches and horses. After completing an Honours degree at the University of Cape Town, Kate began working at Wild magazine as a journalist and as the Digital Editor of the Wild Card website. Kate has travelled to destinations throughout southern Africa, enjoying the many rich offerings of our country. Her work at Wild magazine helped secure her next move to Londolozi Game Reserve where she worked in their Creative team managing online communications and assisting guests with their wildlife photography. Kate now lives in Johannesburg and is proud to be a part of Wilderness Safaris in her role as copywriter. “I am very excited to work for a company that makes such a huge difference to people’s lives and to the wild places throughout our incredibly beautiful and diverse continent.”

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