The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) in South Africa has launched a petition calling on Eskom to expedite the use of renewable energy in the country as part of this year’s Earth Hour campaign. WWF-SA is asking citizens to sign a petition addressed to Eskom, which has been stalling over the implementation of renewable energy contracts.
Earth Hour is an annual global event, during which people are encouraged to switch off their lights on the last Saturday in March from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm local time as a symbolic gesture marking the environmental challenges facing our planet.
Since 2016, Eskom has refused to sign further contracts under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP) which would put more renewable energy on the grid.
Instead, the utility is resolutely pursuing an electricity program that relies heavily on coal and is actively promoting an expensive and environmentally questionable nuclear build.