Earth Hour is coming up this Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8:30pm your time. Are you familiar with this international eco-awareness event aimed at changing climate change?
“We are a non-profit – Earth Hour is a charitable organisation based out of Singapore. Our mission is uniting people to protect the planet. We are an open source movement organised by WWF and volunteer organisations worldwide.
The Lights Off Event – Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 162 countries and territories worldwide. Earth Hour 2015 is on 28 March 2015, 8:30 pm.
Going beyond the hour – Earth Hour is more than an event. It is a movement that has achieved massive environmental impact, including legislation changes by harnessing the power of the crowd.”
Earth Hour is a small gesture, designed to get us thinking about how how even small actions can impact our planet. We celebrate Earth Hour by turning all the lights and electronics off and focusing on family time. One year (pre-kids) we enjoyed a romantic candle lit dinner. Other years, we light candles and tell stories. This year I’m planning a candlelit picnic on the living room floor. I’ve got some glow sticks for the kids to play with, and if it’s a clear night we might go outside and look at the moon through the telescope.
Some other ideas for celebrating Earth Hour:
- Go stargazing.
- Play card games.
- Take a nighttime walk through your neighbourhood – what’s different at night?
- Check the Earth Hour tracker to find any local celebrations in your community that you can join.
- Start a conversation with your kids about other ways we can take care of our planet, conserve energy, and help address climate change.
Consider doing this small thing. It’s only an hour, but the more people who participate, the larger the impact we can make together. It starts with a symbolic hour, but with your help, those 60 minutes can grow into something bigger. Our planet needs us!
Visit Earth Hour to learn more. How will you celebrate?