This is an eyewitness report from the NowPublic member Miriam Mannak who was on the scene.
Earth hour 2009 - an impression from Cape Town
By Miriam Mannak
Armed with my camera, tripod and a group of good friends, I headed for Table Mountain Road last evening. From here, as I know from experience, one has one of the most exquisite views of the city. As a true Capetonian, I was however a few minutes too late to see the lights being switched off.
Initially, we were all a bit confused as we did not really see a difference from any other night. But then we spotted that the lights that were still illuminating the city, were street lights and those of the harbour and refineries at the other side of the harbor. Yes, there were actually quite a few black patches and the enormous spot lights that drench Table Mountain in a shower of watts every evening, were turned down too. Woohooh!
Still, we were slightly disappointed as we expected a pool of darkness stretching out from below our feet. Nothing of that. Nada. I guess it is a bit tricky to shut down a city's street light network, but still.
What was nice, though, was the togetherness of the people who had gathered on Table Mountain road to 'watch over the city'. The main topic was of course the planet and its dire condition. It was amazing to see total strangers getting to know each other and possibly making new friends. And last but not least - the photo opportunity was amazing.
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