Share your Earth Hour 2014 action with us

Preparing for Earth Hour 2014: Samuel Pearse, a Grade 3 learner from Chelsea Prep, and uShaka Sea World's Leaveil Jacks with Nemo the African penguin 

For seven years running, on the last Saturday in March, millions of people around the world have switched off their lights during Earth Hour as a symbolic gesture of commitment to helping our planet. 

uShaka Marine World is a supporter of this powerful initiative, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and is encouraging households to switch off all their non-essential lights on Saturday 29 March 2014 for one hour between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. 

The production of electricity in coal-fired power stations releases large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which exacerbates climate change and increases ocean acidity. 

Acidification of our oceans is affecting some of the most fragile – and most important – marine animals. These include corals, crabs and tiny organisms that extract minerals from seawater to create their skeletons and shells. As acidity levels change, the skeletons and shells of these creatures become thinner and more difficult to make. Since these animals make up a large proportion of available food in the oceans, should they decline in numbers, so would the animals that feed on them.

Although we are often oblivious to the fact, our individual actions can, and do, have a great impact on our natural world.

The Earth Hour campaign encourages individuals to go beyond the hour and continue to make daily positive changes for the good of the environment. Regardless of whether these actions are big or small, the challenge is to inspire your friends, family, colleagues and communities by sharing what you’re willing to do to protect the planet.

Imagine leaving a legacy to your children and their children of flourishing ecosystems, healthy rivers and abundant flora and fauna – just imagine.

uShaka Marine World would love to hear how you spent Earth Hour 2014. Send us a picture and description of what you did to ann@seaworld.org.za.

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