Earth Hour City Challenge

The Earth Hour City Challenge is an initiative designed by WWF to mobilise action and support from cities in the global transition towards a climate-friendly, one-planet future, and to stimulate the development and dissemination of best practices for climate mitigation and adaptation. Now in its third year in South Africa, the project is being run by a partnership between the international bodies of WWF and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.

The annual event rewards cities for inspiring actions on climate change and takes on special significance this year following the agreement reached at the United Nations climate talks in Paris last year.

In 2014, Cape Town emerged as the global winner, earning recognition for demonstrating how low-carbon development and climate change mitigation can be accomplished while simultaneously addressing other development priorities. In 2015, the City of Tshwane was chosen as South Africa’s Earth Hour Capital, while Seoul earned top honours in the Earth Hour City Challenge.

Watch this space to find out who will be participating in 2016 – it might be a city near you.

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