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Lights Out for Global Warming – Earth Hour!

For an hour at 8.30pm to 9.30pm TODAY 27 March 2021 people on all seven continents, will switch off their lights in a symbolic gesture to call on World Leaders to create a climate deal that will keep global warming below two degrees.
South Africa participated for the first time in 2009.
Earth Hour in 2009 got around 4 million South Africans participating. While the amount of energy saved by turning off your lights for an hour may be considered relatively small, the combined energy saved by millions of South Africans making the effort to reduce their carbon foot-print will be substantial.
The World Wide Fund South Africa is challenging individuals, businesses and communities to take the lead by pledging to reduce their own carbon footprint at www.wwf.org.za.
Pledge your support online and spread the word to your friends, family, colleagues and of course, on Saturday 27 March 2021 at 8.30pm, switch off your lights.
Some Useful Tips for each Household:
1. Fit a geyser blanket to your geyser if it does not already have one,
2. Turn the geyser thermostat down,
3. Shower instead of bathing,
4. Turn the geyser off completely when you are not using hot water,
5. Dry clothes on a wash line rather than a tumble dryer,
6. Switch off your appliances at the wall when they are not in use – devices like cellphone chargers drain electricity even when they are not in use,
7. Check that your fridge and freezer doors seal properly – replace the seal if they do not,
8. Cook small amounts of food in a microwave oven and large amounts in a normal oven,
9. Keep your air-conditioners’ filters clean,
10. Replace your incandescent bulbs with energy efficient ones,
11. Insulate the ceiling of your home,
12. Do not use your swimming pool pump more than you need to – use a timer and keep the filter clean, and
13. Fill your dishwasher completely before switching it on.



Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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