WWF South Africa, The Table Mountain Fund and SANParks have teamed up to save a precious piece of mountain land in the South Peninsula for posterity - and they’re calling on members of the public to help them raise funds by June 2014 to do so. The northern portion of the #Roodeberg, formerly part of Solole Game Reserve, is a biodiversity hotspot and a crucial link in the Cape Peninsula mountain chain. The intention is to incorporate it into the Table Mountain National Park, remove the alien vegetation and allow hikers and others to use it for recreational purposes. This will also save it from the risk of inappropriate development. Get ready to use #YourPower this #EarthHour to help Restore the Roodeberg.
Rebuilding from Typhoon Haiyan. More than 6,000 lost their lives and an estimated 3.4 million were displaced due to the super typhoon, which devastated parts of the Philippines last year. Our colleagues at WWF-Philippines are helping to establish long-term solutions by helping Philippine communities to become more resilient to the impacts of climate change by tackling matters for sustainable development, and securing a better future for those who live in vulnerable areas.
This coming Earth Hour 2014, using #YourPower you will have the opportunity to become a hero and make a difference to the communities affected. Stay tuned for more info.
"Photos like these have always been defining moments in my life. Mountains are one of nature’s humble giants that have been carved by ancient glaciers, wind and ice. Their sublime beauty has an invigorating sense which has always given me the pathway to reconnect with the planet. Mountains are important to us in the sense that they regulate our water and climate, and offer a powerful representation of just how stunning our planet is." Earth Hour guest blogger Ashley Crowther sharing this image and insight for International Mountain Day.
South Africa’s Table Mountain goes dark for Earth Hour 2013
Here is another really cool Earth Hour story we just found out about – two endangered Green sea turtles were released from the sandy beaches of Hainan island, China, to commemorate Earth Hour!
The sea turtles were rescued from poachers byconservation organization Sea Turtles 911 and released at 8:30 p.m. along Yalong Bay, in cooperation with The Ritz Carlton Sanya. The turtles were adopted and named “Diqiu” and “Xiaoshi”, which collectively means “Earth Hour” in Chinese.
Sea Turtles 911 conservation efforts are primarily focused on ending the illegal sea turtle trade.
Toliara – Earth Hour in Madagascar was celebrated with one thousand wood-saving stoves given victims of the recent cyclone Haruna in the southern town of Toliara.
The initiative by WWF and the Association for the Development of Solar Energy (ADES) allows each family that receives a stove to cut their charcoal consumption in half while also protecting forest, reducing emissions and save themselves money.
“The daily use of these 1000 stoves will protect 175ha of forest and save 6,650 tons of wood per year. 4000 tons of Co2 emissions can be avoided and each beneficiary family will be able to spare some 1750m2 of forest every year,” said José Randrianirina Patrick, Director of ADES’ Centre in Toliara.
“In these difficult times when families rebuild their lives after cyclone “Haruna”, we hope that the contribution of these wood-saving stoves by WWF and ADES will assist them in rebuilding their lives,” says Richard Hughes, Regional Representative at WWF in Madagascar.
Deforestation is the main environmental threat and the demand for fuel wood and charcoal is leading to a rampant degradation of Madagascar’s unique natural forests. 80% of the population cook with charcoal or fire wood and 92% of the energy used in Madagascar every day is for cooking purpose.
8000 ha of forests for charcoal each year
Toliara is no exception: its annual charcoal consumption was estimated in 2012 to be 30 000 tonnes, which means 8000ha of forests, are being decimated every year.
“If efficient, wood-saving stoves are used by all 35,000 households in Toliara, we believe that coal consumption will decrease by 50% and the area of forest lost to the exploitation of charcoal too. During Earth Hour we hope to inspire people to adopt these stoves,” said Rina Andrianarivony, Fuel Wood Programme Officer at WWF.
10,000 trees to green schools in Antananarivo
In another Earth Hour event, WWF is collaborating with the school district of Antananarivo, to plant 10,000 trees around the capital.
“Through this action, we promote the idea that Earth Hour must go beyond the hour,” said Rachel Senn Harifetra, Head of WWF Madagascar’s Education Programme.. “Reforestation and maintenance of seedlings are among the actions that Malagasy youth should adopt at an early age.”
Since Earth Hour 2012, WWF has been assisting in training the school supervisors in planting techniques and the maintenance of plants.
Images © WWF-Madagascar
The latest images from #YourPlanet - submissions by @ingridmariemh (Norway) @rkarlts (Indonesia), @samerghabra (Lebanon), @purpleosh (USA), @lillbabbs (Norway), @oxaudo (USA), @carozcorner (Norway), @skamankee (Alaska, USA), @ninasfoto11 (Elephant Eye), @khristway (Indonesia)
WWF has released a report rating countries’ efforts at stopping the trade in endangered tigers, rhinos and elephants. The infographic shows that whilst progress is being made in some countries, there is a long way to go to curb both the killing of these precious animals and the trafficking of their body parts. More information can be found HERE
Best of this week’s #yourplanet images from @syifaadhima (Bali, Indonesia) @marrrc0 (Popocatépetl, Mexico) @clarinhap (Lake Como, Italy) @christinaoslo (Oslo, Norway) @dennis_ccb (Penang, Malaysia) @kindbladh (Zebra) @rranito (Mutianyu, China) @traverie (Malang, Indonesia) @vpuspawardani (Borobudur, Indonesia) @athinabobina (Colorado River, USA)
Breathtaking time-lapse footage of nature around Anchorage, Alaska shot by Zan Butler. Inspiring vision to start your week.
Urban. Mountain. Sky. - Christoph Malin’s mesmerizing time lapse featuring the Earth Hour event in Innsbruck, Austria