When the lights went out over the V&A Waterfront on Saturday, 19 March, load shedding was not be the reason. Instead, the property lent its support to the World Wildlife Foundation’s (WWF) international Earth Hour initiative.
By switching off non-essential lights between 8.30 and 9.30pm, the V&A Waterfront joined cities, businesses and individuals around the world who are doing likewise. Other famous landmarks that recognised Earth Hour include Beijing’s Forbidden City, the Paris Eiffel Tower, London’s Buckingham Palace, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sydney’s Opera House, Rio de Janeiro’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue on Sugar Loaf Mountain and our own Table Mountain.
This year, the V&A Waterfront partnered with WWF, the Western Cape Province and the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) to highlight environmental and energy saving issues.
V&A Waterfront CEO David Green said, “For us Earth Hour is much more than symbolism, it’s a call to action for us all to make a positive difference, no matter how small the part we are playing appears to be. Since 2008 the V&A has invested over R65 million in renewable energy resources and innovative infrastructure to achieve the maximum energy efficiency, water saving and waste management goals.”
Earth Hour was first initiated by the WWF in 2007. It has grown into the world’s largest environmental awareness initiative, attracting participation from over 41 910 cities and towns across 172 countries on seven continents, including around 10 400 landmarks, and reaching billions of people.
For further information about Earth Hour, visit www.wwf.org.za/earthhour