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Earth Hour City Challenge

Congratulations Cape Town - 2014 global Earth Hour Capital!

The City of Cape Town, South Africa has been recognized for its ambition and pioneering actions to combat climate change and bolster the quality of life for its citizens. An international jury awarded the City top honours in the Earth Hour City Challenge – a global contest to celebrate cities taking concrete steps to become greener and more sustainable.

This year 163 cities participated from around the globe. The jury chose 14 national Earth Hour Capital winners from among 33 finalist cities. Honorary mentions for the global award go to Chicago, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Seoul.

In the people’s choice award, Medellin, Columbia has claimed the We Love Cities award for the most number of online votes. Khunan, Thailand claimed the per capital category.

This year, Earth Hour City Challenge 2014 recognized the power of cities to help redirect investment in fossil fuels to renewable energy solutions. The challenge invited cities to submit visionary and credible development plans for a more renewable future.

Eleven Canadian cities took up the Challenge –– Ajax, Calgary, District of Saanich, Edmonton, Greater Sudbury, Montreal, North Cowichan, the City of North Vancouver, Pickering, Surrey and Vancouver.

We celebrate The City of Edmonton as Canada’s national Earth Hour Capital winner.

How can you participate? Get your city involved. Recruitment for the next City Challenge starts May 2014!