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This morning I was looking back at the multitude of events organised in our little village during 2013; from horse- to dog shows, life performances of artists from around the globe, cricket day and Flocktober Festival, etc. Sometimes such an event attracts only locals and sometimes from all over.

My dearest event of 2013 is Earth Hour. It attracted only a few hundred people but there is more to it.

Stanford was the first place in South Africa to organise Earth Hour and since the PR-budget of a small village is nothing in comparison with the millions and millions Cape Town is spending to promote itself …. etc. etc. So World’s Top CopyCat City also had to organise this event (always wondering if there are people in Cape Town with original ideas) but that’s targeted on mass tourism; the main event being switching the lights of the Table Mountain off …. (for 1 hour ……)

Here in Stanford Earth Hour has still the intimacy of people who really care about sustainability and that makes all the difference. In the reprocessed picture you will see local ‘fire worker’ Anya and in the background local musician Danny in the Loop (Danny ‘runs’ on solar power!).