Cape Town has been selected as a finalist city in the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ‘We Love Cities’ campaign as part of the Earth Hour City Challenge.
Capetonians can now start voting to show the world why Cape Town should be named the world's most loveable sustainable city.
‘We are overjoyed that Cape Town has been selected as one of the finalists in the WWF Earth Hour City Challenge,” said City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille.
“Cape Town is being acknowledged for the incredible efforts being made by so many individuals and organisations across the city striving to make this a more sustainable, more habitable place. Now Cape Town’s residents have the opportunity to mobilise towards that dream with the same spirit, ingenuity, and accountability that we saw with the hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.”
The Mother City has been selected from among 163 entrants from 34 cities and 14 countries. The WWF has acknowledged Cape Town’s impressive attempts to actively address climate change. It has also acknowledge Capetonians’ willpower demonstrated to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, while turning towards a sustainable future powered by renewable energy.
For Cape Town to be recognised as the world’s most loveable sustainable city, residents, businesses, schools, organisations and other City partners are needed to help. Everyone is invited to vote for Cape Town and to share their favourite aspects of the city through photos and videos. They are also asked to use social media, using the Twitter hashtag #welovecapetown.
Voting starts 17 January 2014 and ends on 20 March 2014. The winning city will be announced on 27 March 2014 – two days before Earth Hour, which is taking place on 29 March 2014.
To vote, visit www.welovecities.org or use the hashtag #welovecapetown via Twitter.
About the World Wide Fund for Nature
The WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations, with almost five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. The WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.