John Moodey MPL
DA Gauteng Provincial Leader
Tomorrow, Saturday 31 March 2012, Earth Hour will be observed across the globe in 135 countries and territories and thousands of cities and towns. The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng wholly supports this initiative which aims to create awareness around the current threats facing the environment.
The environment unites us as human beings in ways that few other things do. We are all reliant on it for our food, water and well-being, and we will collectively suffer the effects of irreversible changes to this system. As such, it is essential that we all rally in support of this cause and that each individual realises that they have the power to make a difference.
The DA in Gauteng encourages all residents of this province to switch-off their lights, geysers, pool pumps and electrical appliances at 20h30 tomorrow night in support of this campaign. Take this time to consider your contributions to environmental sustainability and the possibility of changing even one thing to lessen your carbon footprint on the earth.
There are numerous ways, both at home and at work, that we can reduce our impact on the environment:
* Turn off all appliances and unused plug points
* Set your geyser on a timer so that it does not stay on all day
* Switch off all unnecessary lights
* Turn-off unused computers at the plug
* Only water your garden in the evenings to reduce evaporation
* Drive smoothly and regularly check your tyre pressure to avoid wasting fuel
Let’s use this hour as a reminder of what we stand to lose if we simply do nothing. The earth is our most precious resource, so turn off those lights and encourage your friends and family to do the same.