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National News Flash 12 of 2014 : Earth Hour (29 March 2014)

       Earth Hour– 29 March 2014

How do you honour the earth?

 

Earth Hour, a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) initiative, started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007 when 2.2 million households turned off their lights for one hour to make a stand against climate change.  Earth Hour is observed by millions of people around the globe every year for an hour. It is a move to encourage people to take better care of the planet. “Earth Hour 2013 broke all records to become the largest movement for the planet in human history, spanning over 7,000 cities, 154 countries with digital reach of 345 million people. Earth hour is not just for one hour. It’s about making a commitment to ongoing change that reduces your impact on the environment and celebrating your commitment to the planet”.

 

On the Saturday, 29 March 2014, South Africans will be observing Earth Hour from 20:30 to 21:30 by switching off electrical non- essentials. This year, we wish to turn an inspiration of 1 hour into an action of every hour. This year’s theme “How do you honour the earth?” is about making a commitment to ongoing change in how we use natural resources and energy in the work place and at home.

 

We urge NAPTOSA members, schools and learners to look at ways of further reducing the use of energy in their schools. Members are also encouraged to identify and support a local social or environmental project that makes a difference in the community by either, volunteering, raising awareness or raising funds for identified projects. Schools and individuals can go to www.earthhour.org.za for more information and make your promise to the earth.

 

 

Honour the earth by committing to ongoing change that reduces negative impact on the environment.

This information was sourced from www.earthhour.org

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South Africa Library Week (15 – 24 March 2014)

 

South Africa Library week officially kicked off on 17 March 2014. The campaign will be focusing on the role of libraries in strengthening South Africa’s democracy. It highlights how libraries are making the right to freedom of access to information, as enshrined in the Bill of Rights, a reality.  Libraries enrich nation building and community development by opening the doors of learning to all. Encourage learners and staff to read a book written by a South African author or a book written in a local language.

Books connect people to each other, to learning resources, to communities and the world. Books advance literacy development for all ages and create a new world view and knowledge. Books foster a desire for lifelong learning for all ages.

Visit your school or local library and check out a book.