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.

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 and the exceptional will demonstrated to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, whilst transitioning toward a truly sustainable future powered by renewable energy.

Everyone is invited to vote for Cape Town and to share their favourite aspects of our city through photos and videos. They are also encouraged to submit suggestions on how we can become even more sustainable.

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.

‘We are overjoyed that Cape Town has been selected as one of the finalists in the WWF Earth Hour City Challenge. 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™,’ said City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille.

Camps Bay and Twelve Apostles from Lion's Head. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Camps Bay and Twelve Apostles from Lion’s Head. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

Start voting now

  • Please visit http://www.welovecities.org/capetown and vote for Cape Town
  • Add photos via Instagram and send in ideas of what you think would make our city even better
  • The city with the greatest number of interactions per capita wins the grand title of the world’s most loveable sustainable city. Your contribution could earn Cape Town this prestigious honour
  • Please use #welovecapetown in all interactions.

For Cape Town to be recognised as the world’s most loveable sustainable city, we need residents, businesses, schools, organisations and other City partners to help.

An expert jury will also review the actions and commitments reported by these cities and ultimately identify one sustainability leader per country for the National Earth Hour Capital Awards to be presented at the awards event in Canada on 27 March 2014.

The road to sustainability is a collective responsibility and is essential for the future.

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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.

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INTEGRATED STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION AND BRANDING DEPARTMENT, CITY OF CAPE TOWN