Cape Town is a beautiful city embraced by mountains and the sea, hosting unique flora and a special heritage. As one of the fastest growing cities in South Africa, we however face a host of challenges in meeting the needs of Cape Town’s citizens, whilst building the economy and managing resource consumption in as sustainable a way as possible. The City is committed to tackling these challenges head on and building a better future for all. Being selected as the 2014 Global Earth Hour Capital from among 163 entrants is truly an exceptional accolade that recognised Cape Town’s innovative work on energy and climate change and its dedication to pursuing the goal of a sustainable urban environment while showing that it is possible to have a thriving, dynamic economy at the same time. Traveling toward sustainability is a shared responsibility and requires long-term dedication.