Earth Hour 2019 - #Connect2Earth

Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement in support of the environment. Since 2007, it has become so much more than an hour-long lights-out event, and is now a movement which has achieved massive environmental change, through harnessing the power of the crowd.

The Hour 

Saturday 30th March 2019 - 8.30pm your time

Every year millions of people, businesses and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights and make noise for the Earth Hour movement. The hour is an opportunity to show your resolve to change, while celebrating the earth’s beauty and diversity.

Beyond the Hour #Connect2Earth

Earth Hour is about people. About the collective power of individuals pressing for positive action to save the world’s wildlife, climate and environment. Earth Hour 2019 is about Connecting to Earth, raising awareness and calling for action to halt the frightening loss of nature

People are just one part of Earth’s web of life, but are the driving force behind the threats to our planet’s wildlife, ecosystems and habitats.

Our Earth Hour Stories

We asked our dedicated staff, volunteers and community members to explain why nature matters to them, and why they decided to make caring for the environment part of their life.

We will be adding to this post over the coming days and weeks, so keep checking in for updates! 

Imire ranger and elephant

Nkosilathi Tshuma, Elephant Handler

I was born in a community surrounded by many different species of wild animals, which included the world's biggest land mammal the elephant. But through all my years of boyhood I had never thought of coming close to these huge scary looking creatures - but when the chance came my way, I never hesitated in taking a job to work and look after them.

Having worked with these wonderful creatures for more than a decade I got to understand them even better than my own kids! They can be very good friends, and all they need is respect and love, which they also give back without a demand. Man has a lot to learn from these highly intelligent amazing animals.

Let's keep them, love them, respect them and consider them. The combination of these four things will by all means benefit our future generations world wide.

Vera Imire Field Guide

Vera Castro, Field Guide & Volunteer Manager

My passion for wildlife started long ago. I remember I was about four years old - I didn’t even watch cartoons or anything, I was obsessed with the BBC and David Attenborough. It was Africa, always just Africa. And I went my first time to Africa when I was 18, and I realised - this is my place to be. I have to live in Africa and I have to conserve this beautiful wildlife. So I studied biology, and in 2015 I went back to Africa and did a field guide course, and I absolutely loved it. I felt that it was a perfect combination between my passion for wildlife and education - educating people. I felt that people who were coming to Africa and who were doing safaris with me, would go back home with a totally different idea of conservation.

Then luckily If found a job as a volunteer manager at Imire, and that was the cherry on top of the cake. That was - is - perfect. I am out in the field every day. I am helping the black rhinos to succeed in the wild, and to actually think that I’m helping towards giving the species hope for the future; and every day it is a step forward.

Every day we have people from all over the world, with a completely different background from me, coming with a passion for learning. It is so rewarding, that we have people, sometimes for 8 weeks, that come and they don’t know the difference between a black rhino and a white rhino - and they go home and they are able to share their experience and to educate other people. 

This is a change that I am a part of - and it is mind-blowing that I am a part of that change. Its amazing. Being a biologist as well and teaching people that scientific research is so important to conservation.

Every day is a different day, I have never had the same day ever and its always a good day. To be living my dream, a dream that I have had since I was 3 years old, to be in Africa, I can’t even explain it. Its just amazing.

Morgan Imire Bookings Manager

Morgan Taylor, Bookings Manager & Previous Imire Volunteer Manager

For as long as I can remember, my life has revolved around animals. My fascination for all creatures great and small only grew as I did. Whether it was a domestic cat or a kangaroo, I wanted nothing more than to watch it and be close.

One night, while watching a David Attenborough documentary on Africa, I decided I had to see it for myself. And so the next day my flight was booked.

For four years I have lived, travelled, volunteered and been fortunate enough to work, in a continent that has shaken me to my core. I have witnessed the most incredible feats of nature and the absolute most heartbreaking events brought on by human greed - wildlife poaching. I have taken the immense sadness bought on by these events to drive my passion for conservation even further. I am outspoken in my beliefs and hold my head high as a wildlife and nature advocate. This deep-seated feeling has led me to a vegan lifestyle, not wanting to contribute to the incedible destruction to natural habitats brought on by climate change - animal agriculture being the number one cause.

This planet is remarkable, it is diverse, its beauty goes beyond words and its creatures are more pure than we can imagine. We only have one world that is ours, it is our duty to protect it and conserve it for generations to come. I believe as a collective force we have that power.